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Deputies: Suspect in SUV theft, kidnapping in custody

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Deputies reunite the boy with his mother. (May 16, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies reunite the boy with his mother. (May 16, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Deputies released surveillance images of the suspect on Friday. (May 16, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies released surveillance images of the suspect on Friday. (May 16, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Deputies at La Esperanza bakery on N. Pleasantburg Drive. (May 16, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies at La Esperanza bakery on N. Pleasantburg Drive. (May 16, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Deputies at La Esperanza bakery on N. Pleasantburg Drive. (May 16, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies at La Esperanza bakery on N. Pleasantburg Drive. (May 16, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said they have located a 3-year-old boy abducted during the theft of an SUV, and a suspect was later taken into custody.

Greenville County deputies said a 1999 navy blue Ford Explorer with a white Apple sticker on the back window and some type of Bronco tag on the front plate with a 3-year-old inside was stolen from La Esperanza bakery on North Pleasantburg across from Bob Jones University about 9 a.m.

Deputies said the woman left the SUV running with her son inside, went in the bakery, and when she came out, her SUV was gone.

The child was left along Rivercrest Drive in the Taylors area still in his carseat, deputies said. FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta spoke with the woman who spotted the boy.

See photos from the boy's reunion with his mom here.

She said she was just driving by and saw him sitting in the carseat and knew that was wrong, so she stopped, called 911 and stayed with him until authorities arrived. She said she is not from the area and did not know about the manhunt going on.

While the boy was located, deputies said an officer spotted the SUV and tried to stop it, but the suspect drove off before eventually dumping the vehicle off of Saluda Dam Road in Crosswell Acres.

Greenville and Pickens County deputies had set up a perimeter to search for the man along with a command station at the Crosswell Fire Department. At about 1:30 p.m., Greenville County deputies said they were calling off the active search for the suspect and would release more information once they identified him.

Later in the evening, neighbors in the area said they spotted the man on the street and recognized him from the description on foxcarolina.com. The neighbors called 911 and the man was taken into custody.

They said the suspect was covered in mud.

Greenville County deputies confirmed that the man was in custody and that he will have a bond hearing early Saturday morning.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME.

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