How two kids foiled Darwin kidnapping

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Cops have detailed how two Darwin youngsters foiled an alleged abduction of a five-year-old boy on Friday.

Northern Territory Police made two arrests yesterday after an alleged abduction in Nakara, suburban Darwin. According to reports, at 3pm, the police received a call about a 5-year-old boy being abducted by his stepfather and another woman.

As the boy was being placed in a vehicle, his mother allegedly intervened, and she fell to the road from the fleeing car.

The mother was transported to the Royal Darwin Hospital and was reported to be stable.

Several detectives from the Sex Crimes Division, Strike Force Trident, Adelaide River, Batchelor, and general duties were immediately deployed to track the vehicle.

NT Police found the boy on Friday evening. Picture: Getty ImagesNT Police found the boy on Friday evening. Picture: Getty Images

After a two-and-a-half-hour manhunt, the vehicle was apprehended shortly after turning onto Cox Road.

A 37-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman were arrested at the scene without incident. The child was found safe and well inside the vehicle and was with family.

Both the man and woman are expected to be charged with serious harm offences and abduction, and are currently in police custody, assisting with inquiries.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Russell commended the quick thinking and bravery of two young witnesses who saw the incident unfold on Witherden Street and contacted the police. Their information, including the vehicle’s details and registration, helped the officers track down the vehicle.

“Police would like to commend the incredible actions of a young boy and girl who witnessed the incident on Witherden Street and contacted police,” he said.

“Not only did they contact police as the abduction was unfolding, they also passed on the vehicles details and registration.

“This information was vital in allowing our officers to begin tracking the vehicle quickly, resulting in a positive outcome.”

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