Boy in stolen SUV taken on frightening ride through Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, says NYPD

An 11-year-old boy was taken on a wild ride in a stolen vehicle through Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, according to police.

A 36-year-old man went inside the City Fresh Market at 2212 Third Ave. in East Harlem on Feb. 20 at 7:58 p.m. and left his son in the front passenger seat of his Nissan Rogue SUV, according to the NYPD.

A short time later, another man got into the running vehicle and sped off along Third Ave. with the boy inside.

The vehicle sideswiped two parked cars at some point during the robbery, police said.

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About 20 minutes later the carjacker dropped the boy off at Bolton St. and Lafayette St. in the Morris Heights section of The Bronx. The child called his father from his phone.

Police responded and reunited the pair. The boy was unharmed.

At about 9:30 p.m., the suspect was spotted inside the BP gas station located at 241-15 Hillside Ave. where he stole a phone charger and took off. 

Cops later found the vehicle abandoned in the Bellerose section of Queens.

The day after the incident, the boy complained of minor neck pain and was treated at a hospital.

The suspect was described as having a dark complexion, 5'7" tall, weighing 150 lbs., with a full beard and short, dark hair. He was last seen wearing dark-colored pants, a multi-colored jacket, dark-colored baseball cap, a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, and sneakers.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.