Man faces charges of stealing SUV with 4-year-old inside


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) – Vigilant community members helped police arrest a man accused of stealing an SUV with a 4-year-old child from a McDonald’s parking lot.

On June 28, a mother passed through a McDonald’s drive-thru. She told the police that her order was wrong. She entered the McDonald’s to correct her order. While she was inside, someone drove off in her SUV with her 4-year-old son inside.

Just over half a mile away, Raytown police found the 4-year-old boy standing alone near the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Blue Ridge Blvd. He was not injured. The stolen SUV was abandoned near 86th Terrace and Booth Avenue in Raytown.

Kansas City police released photos of two suspects, including a man and a woman, from McDonald’s surveillance video. They received several tips. On July 14, someone saw the couple together at a pawn shop. The caller recognized them from the media and called the police. Investigators took them into custody for questioning near 113th and Blue Ridge Blvd.

Michael Hunter-Moore is charged with motor vehicle theft and felony endangering the welfare of a child. According to court records, Hunter-Moore admitted to stealing the vehicle. He told police the tinted windows made it difficult for him to see that a child was inside the SUV. Hunter-Moore told police when he realized a child was inside the vehicle, he dropped him off a few blocks away.

At last checks, a woman seen in surveillance photos with Hunter-Moore has not been charged.

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