Man charged with carjacking, kidnapping child
BRIDGEPORT - A mentally troubled local man stole a car with a 5-year-old boy inside and was later caught in Stratford following a city-wide search, police said.
“I was on pins and needles as I listened to the situation on the radio,” Police Chief Armando Perez said Friday. “With the aid of the Fusion Center’s cameras my guys did a terrific job of finding the car, arrested the man and getting the boy back safely to his family.”
Javon Gaymon, 25, of Laurel Court, was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond after being charged Friday morning with first-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree larceny.
Gaymon claimed he had “raped” the child in the car but police said there is no indication that its true and believe Gaymon only told officers that because he was hoping they would shoot him.
Officers had been traveling south on Park Avenue shortly before 7 Thursday night when police said they were waived down by a man in obvious distress.
Police said the man, a New York resident, was yelling that someone had stolen his car with his child inside.
The man said that his 5-year-old and 10-year old sons had been in his 2015 Nissan Altima when a man jumped into the driver seat. The 10-year-old managed to get out of the car as it roared off, police said.
Police immediately put out an Amber Alert along with a city-wide broadcast for the car.
A short time later an officer stationed in the city’s Fusion Center, which is hooked up to surveillance cameras around the city, spotted the car in the area of Newfield Avenue and Revere Street. Officers rushed to the area as other officers reported in seeing the car on Seaview Avenue heading for the I-95 entrance ramp.
Fearing to spook the driver into a high-speed chase, police said officers tailed the car to Exit 30 in Stratford, attempting but failing to spot the child inside.
Police said the decision was made to pull the Nissan over on Lordship Avenue. But when they got to it Gaymon was alone.
Gaymon told officers he had dumped the child shortly after taking the car, adding, “I raped him in the car so shoot me, Tase me,” police said.
As officers were transporting Gaymon to the Police Department police said a dispatcher received a phone call from a woman who reporting finding a young child wandering alone in the area of Jones Avenue and James Street.
Police said the boy appeared unhurt, with no sign of an assault and was returned to his father.
Gaymon was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for evaluation.