COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kason Thomas, the 5-month-old taken alongside his twin when a woman stole a vehicle they were inside, was found safe in Indianapolis.
Columbus police said Thomas was found alive inside the stolen car wearing the same clothes he wore when he was taken. The car was found near a Papa John's on Indiana Avenue.
"The IMPD is thankful that Kason Thomas was found safe earlier this evening," Indianapolis police posted on social media Thursday night. "We would like to thank the IMPD officers and detectives who worked to track down the baby and suspect. Additionally, we would like to thank members of the community who helped in locating him."
Nalah Tamiko Jackson, the woman accused of kidnapping Thomas, was arrested in Indianapolis earlier in the day.
Police said Jackson stole a vehicle from a Donatos Pizza in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus at around 9:45 p.m. Monday. Twins Kason and Kyair Thomas were inside the car.
Kyair Thomas was located Tuesday at the Dayton International Airport, but Kason Thomas remained missing.
Police also issued a "be on the lookout" alert (BOLO) for law enforcement and residents in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.
During a press conference held on Wednesday, Columbus deputy police chief Smith Weir said the department has officially filed charges for two counts of kidnapping against Jackson.
Jackson was later captured on video at a Huber Heights gas station asking an employee for money. Police said Jackson has previously been arrested for child endangerment.
NEW PHOTOS OF AMBER ALERT SUSPECT— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) December 20, 2022
The search continues for Kason Thomass, who was in his mother’s car, which was stolen in the Short North last night. The suspect, Nalah Jackson, was later captured on video at a gas station in Huber Heights where she asked an employee for money. pic.twitter.com/baipObzCCK
This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.