SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A San Jose police officer who rescued an 11-month girl from a stolen vehicle after a nearly five-hour ordeal Monday said the infant was crying when he found her and gave him a hug when he took her out.
Officer Carlos Acosta described as “gut wrenching” the few minutes after someone reported seeing the parked car to when he found the girl crouching in a child seat, distressed but unharmed.
Acosta, a 14-year veteran officer, accompanied the infant in an ambulance to a hospital and she was “very excited” during an emotional reunion with her mother.
“It was a great feeling to locate her safely and return her to her mother,” Acosta said at a news conference this afternoon outside police headquarters at 201 W. Mission St. in San Jose.
The child, Gabriela Quintero, was inside a Jeep Liberty that was stolen from outside her mother’s San Jose home around 6:45 a.m. and prompted authorities to issue an Amber Alert, police said.
The Jeep was found at an apartment complex near the Seven Trees Community Center after a citizen reported it to an apartment security guard who called 911 at 11:17 a.m., police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.
Acosta and an unidentified police recruit, who were patrolling the area, received the call and arrived at 11:22 a.m. to find the white 2006 Jeep in a carport area in the 400 block of Amargosa Court, Dwyer said.
The Jeep was parked unevenly and the hazard lights were blinking which attracted the interest of the citizen who reported the vehicle, Dwyer said.