Oklahoma Children Rescued From Carjacker In Tense Body Cam Video

Dramatic body cam footage shows the cops stop the suspect and remove two children, ages 4 and 5, from the back seat.

February 19, 2019
Body cam footage of carjacker arrest [Tulsa Police Department]

Body cam footage of carjacker arrest [Tulsa Police Department]

Body cam footage of carjacker arrest [Tulsa Police Department]

By: Mike McPadden

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TULSA, OK — Just-released body cam video shot last month depicts Tulsa police officers stopping a carjacking suspect and rescuing two children from the back seat of the allegedly stolen vehicle at a gas station last month.

According to the Tulsa Police Department, the incident occurred on January 11 when a mother left her two children, ages four and five, in the back seat of her car while she stepped into a store. While she was shopping, a witness who called 911 said a man snuck into the car and drove off.

From there, police tracked the stolen vehicle. One patrolman saw the car drive by him and identified the two children in the back. Other officers joined in the process of following the vehicle in a manner so as not to upset the suspect, until the driver pulled into a service station.

Once there, officers confronted the suspect at gunpoint and carefully removed the children from the car, taking them to safety. It was all captured on tape by one responder’s body camera and the nail-biting video has since gone viral.

The children were unharmed, and they’ve been returned to their mother. The suspect, identified as Jarrod Gilliam, faces two counts of kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, and larceny from a motor vehicle.

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