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Butner boy, 5, safe with family after carjacking

Posted March 13, 2013

— The family of a 5-year-old boy who was taken during a carjacking Wednesday afternoon in Butner says they are relieved he was found unharmed in Durham. 

Maurice Roberts said he watched as his white Chevrolet Suburban was stolen from the Depot Exxon on N.C. Highway 56 about 3:20 p.m. His son, Kashis, was in the back seat. 

"It was very surreal," Roberts said. "I seen my truck pulling off, I knew my son was in the back. My first response was to get my son back."

Monica Roberts said she was floored when she learned that her son was inside the car. 

"Stressful, crying, emotional, dizzy, I couldn't think straight," she said.

Within an hour of the carjacking, Butner police said Kashis was dropped off at the Wilco Hess at 803 Geer St. in Durham. 

Durham police said they recovered the vehicle at the Carver Pond Apartments, but they are still searching for the person who stole the vehicle. Butner Butner parents overjoyed to have 5-year-old home safe

"I got my baby back," Monica Roberts said. "I was relieved."

Maurice Roberts had little to say about his vehicle, which remained impounded late Wednesday evening.

"Thank God they brought my son back to me safely," he said. "That's all that matters."


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  • btneast Mar 15, 2013

    Maybe leaving the child in the car was a bad call, but it was definitely not being foolish nor being lazy

    Wrong, it was very foolish. Just because it is done here and there by others doesn't make it smart behavior. What happened here is exactly why it was foolish.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 14, 2013

    Glad they got the young boy back; and safe. I am curious as to why the young boy was alone in the vehicle in the first place. What was this father thinking? He was not, apparently.

  • aprilhunter220 Mar 14, 2013

    Bet he won't leave his son in the car again.

  • darknlovelyvette Mar 14, 2013

    Praise God baby boy was not harm. Maybe leaving the child in the car was a bad call, but it was definitely not being foolish nor being lazy. It is something that is done daily by this one or that one. People need to learn to keep their hands off of things that do not belong to them. Everyone needs to strive to make this world a safer place to live and stop being so judgmental toward the innocent.

  • halfpint1552 Mar 14, 2013

    That is a parent's worse nightmare! That's why I NEVER leave my children alone in my car, especially with it running. Not even for a minute!

  • btneast Mar 14, 2013

    but it's lazy.

    Bingo, we have a winner.

  • USAF Vet Mar 14, 2013

    Not to diminish the criminal acts of the carjackers... but as a father; although I'm extremely happy and relieved for Mr. Roberts and his family, he deserves one hard smack upon the back of his head!! Assuming that he did leave his son in the vehicle and the keys in the ignition (2 wrongs back to back), he should be thanking whatever God he prays to EVERYDAY... what were you thinking, man??!!

  • JDAmbrosio Mar 14, 2013

    I'm so glad this boy was found and was unharmed! I hope this story helps prevent similar stories! People, don't leave your child for one second in a car with the keys in the ignition or in the car somewhere...lock your kid in the car (as long as it's lower than 70 degrees outside) or take the kid with you when you go in to pay or buy soda or whatever it is you're doing. Who leaves a kid in an unlocked vehicle??? That's not only foolish but it's lazy.

  • Terkel Mar 14, 2013

    Yes, but the kidnapping doesn't sound intentional. Since he let the little boy out, if I were the judge I'd be lenient about that charge.

    Now the father, OTOH, needs to be charged with something too. Like Uhaveno said, at least lock the doors and take the keys! What if the little boy had decided to "drive" right into a gas pump?

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 14, 2013

    I know it was stealing a car, but it also was kidnapping. I hope they find the person who did this and charge them as such.