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Fayetteville mom to 911: 'Somebody just stole my car with my kids in it'

Posted May 17, 2016
Updated May 18, 2016

— Fayetteville police arrested a person Tuesday afternoon on charges of car theft and kidnapping after a woman reported her car stolen with two children inside.

A mother called 911 just after 1 p.m. to report that her car, with a newborn and a 2-year-old inside, had been stolen.

"Somebody just stole my car with my kids in it," she told the 911 dispatcher. "I just want my kids. I just want my kids to be safe."

Police said the woman left her car running outside a Pizza Hut at 3069 Boone Trail Extension while she went inside. When she returned, the car, with her children inside, was missing.

A second person placed a call to 911 about two minutes later, saying they saw the car "flying down the road" and nearly hitting another vehicle.

"This car is going to hurt somebody," the caller said.

Based on the woman's description, officers were able to find the car and chase it onto a dead-end road near Joan Poole's home.

"I looked and I saw all the red lights coming from behind him," she said. "He came like, airborne, over the driveway."

Poole said the driver turned past her home and finally stopped in her neighbor's backyard. Authorities said he only drive about a mile from where the car was stolen.

Don Stevenson Wallace, 41, of the 5100 block of Cypress Road, was charged with two counts first-degree kidnapping, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two counts of damage to property, felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving with a revoked license, reckless driving to endanger persons or property and speeding.

He was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under $221,500 secured bond Tuesday night. During a Wednesday court appearance, Wallace said that he was drunk during the incident and didn't know the children were in the car.

The children were returned safely to their mother inside Poole's home.

"I think shes's probably still in shock," Poole said. "It has been extremely hard, extremely emotional for everybody on this street."

Fayetteville police said no charges had been filed against the mother as of Tuesday night.


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  • Lynn Johnson May 18, 2016
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    Leaving a 2 year old in a car that is running is asking for trouble--he could have put the car in gear and run into the building! Had she left the kids in her locked car long enough to pick up her pizza, it wouldn't have been as bad. The children were probably within sight, but in an unlocked car with the keys in the ignition, she was asking for trouble,

  • Bernadette Dan Unger May 18, 2016
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    Well, first off, she should not have left the kids in the car...nuf said. But ultimately, this clown needs to be turned over to the Feds under kidnapping so someone other than NC can try him. If he is tried here and convicted he may get 3-5, nothing more and probably get out in 2, great legal people we have here.

  • Janet Ghumri May 18, 2016
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    Pretending to be an Uber driver at his age!
    (Sorry I couldn't help myself). I

  • Byrd Ferguson May 18, 2016
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    No charges should be filed against the mother. I think she learned her lesson.

  • Lance Boyle May 18, 2016
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    This is how it works. If you shoot someone coming into your unlocked house, you are a good guy with a gun. If someone kidnaps your kids in your unlocked car you are an unfit mom. Why did you leave your house unlocked?

  • Mark Cooper May 18, 2016
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    They both need to be arrested. Leaving kids of that age unattended is child endangerment. Look up the the laws on such if you question that.

    The car thief and the mother endangered those kids and it is amazing anyone would try to make an excuse for the mother in this. Let see what is more important my pizza or my kids.... Hmmmm... She left a newborn and a 2 year old in a running car in Fayetteville!! I mean Fayetteville. This was not Cary or Carboro, it was flipping Fayetteville.

    If the same women left the kids with a sitter and she did this same thing I bet the mom flips out.

  • Heather Bank May 18, 2016
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    How do we know she didn't tell the guy to take the car.. If you leave your keys in your car with the engine running it's an invitation for someone to take it..

  • Heather Bank May 18, 2016
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    No the mother should be ashamed of herself.. A smart person doesn't endanger their children leaving their car running. CPS needs to investigate this woman - I have no doubt she has endangered her children before.

  • Rebecca Caldwell May 17, 2016
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    You seem like a very nasty, judgmental person. Judging by your screen name, you're also not a mother. I hope you don't have a wife and kids, because I imagine you looking over your wife's shoulder, criticizing everything she does while doing nothing to help.

  • Drew Easley May 17, 2016
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    To all who shame this mother - you've never tried carrying two children and a pizza at the same time. It's a shame that we blame the victim and not the one stealing cars. I'm glad he was caught and the children returned home safely to the arms of their caring mother.