BRADENTON -- Manatee County deputies and the Bradenton Police Department are helping Polk County deputies look for a suspect who they said carjacked a vehicle just before 6 p.m. Friday with an infant and a disabled adult inside.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, a woman pulled into a bait store on State Road 60 outside Bartow with her 30-year-old autistic son and 14-month-old baby. It was a hot afternoon so she left the car running, deputies reported.
While inside purchasing items, she noticed a suspicious person walking from car to car carrying a suitcase. She became concerned so she started outside but by the time she got to her car, the suspect was inside with her children.
Deputies said she grabbed the door to pull it open and the man reversed the car knocking her over as he fled. The woman was able to run a short distance home to call 911.
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Deputies believe the suspect is Sloan Aaron Maybeck, a 42-year-old white male, 5-foot-9, 190 pounds. They said he is a dangerous person and has been in state prison for robbery, burglary and drug possession.
While Polk County deputies were trying to find the car and suspect, they reportedly received a call an autistic man with a baby walked to an uncle's house on their own.
The BPD and Manatee sheriff's office began assisting in the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigation once the stolen vehicle was seen in Bradenton.
Bradenton Police Lt. Jeremy Giddens, who shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday was on
scene by the corner of 12th Avenue West and Seventh Street Court West, said officers searched the area but found nothing.
"We are waiting for Polk County to respond and they're going to take everything else from here," Lt. Giddens said.
One woman, who stood near the scene but declined to speak to a Herald reporter, commented: "How the hell somebody come from Polk County to 12th Street in Bradenton?"
Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer Horstman said officials searching by air were able to locate the vehicle in Bradenton.
Bay News 9 contributed to this report.
Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter @AmarisCastillo.