Two Indianapolis women have been recognized by the city for their heroic efforts to bring a suspected kidnapper into custody and race against time to locate a missing 5-month-old twin kidnapped from Columbus, Ohio.
On Monday night, the Indianapolis City-County Council commended cousins Shyann Delmar and Mecka Curry for helping police arrest kidnapping suspect Nalah T. Jackson and scouring the city to find infant Kason Thomas on the verge of a self approaching dangerous winter storm.
Senior Indianapolis police officials said the cousins’ actions mimic community police, leading attendees at the meeting to give them a standing ovation.
“That’s what it looks like,” said Deputy Chief of Police Kendale Adams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. “I am proud of these two women. Without their actions, I’m not sure we would have saved the baby.”
Adams then quipped that the department is hiring.
The women’s detective work began after Delmar, while scrolling through Facebook, noticed that a woman she saw in mug shots attached to an AMBER Alert from Ohio looked eerily similar to the person she had bought and taken toys from the previous day . The 27-year-old grew more confident after comparing the photos to pictures she’d taken with her phone of the women, who went by the name “Mae.”
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Along with Curry, she planned to lure “Mae” to various stores in Indianapolis and call the police to arrest them so they would not be tracked down as the people who called them.
After a few unsuccessful attempts, the cousins tricked the Indianapolis police department into conducting a traffic stop on I-65 with “Mae” in the back seat. At approximately 2:00 p.m. on December 22, officers arrested Jackson. The 24-year-old is being held in the Marion County Jail on charges related to body debris she acquired during treatment related to the kidnapping.
The women knew the case was not over as the child and vehicle remained missing. Curry told IndyStar they found what she called a bus route, or key evidence, in the back seat where “Mae” had been sitting. The cousins followed the route in search of a Honda matching the one described in the AMBER Alert, but to no avail.
With dinner time approaching and a winter storm threatening dangerously cold temperatures, the women hit a dead end when they spotted a Honda in a downtown Papa John’s parking lot. Curry said she ran to the car and saw baby legs in the back seat.
Kason Thomas was safely removed from the vehicle shortly after 6:30 p.m. on December 22.
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