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Suspect accused of stealing car with young boy inside charged, bail set

The boy who was kidnapped is visiting from Korea with his family. (Image: Hawaii News Now) The boy who was kidnapped is visiting from Korea with his family. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Kyle Douglas mug shot. (Image: Honolulu police) Kyle Douglas mug shot. (Image: Honolulu police)
Here's a look at the car that was stolen with a child inside. (Image: Hawaii News Now) Here's a look at the car that was stolen with a child inside. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police have filed charges and set bail for a man accused of stealing a car with a 9-year-old boy inside.

On Saturday, Honolulu police say the suspect, 35-year-old Kyle Douglas, was charged with one count of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $75,000. He remains in custody.

The incident happened just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Lanikai. The boy's parents left him in the car with the air conditioning on at a scenic point and briefly stepped just a few feet away.

Douglas then allegedly jumped into the vehicle and drove off. He then realized the boy was in the car and dropped him off a short time later at a Kailua store.

Douglas was arrested about 11:45 a.m. near Kaneohe Elementary School after crashing into another vehicle, leaving its 72-year-old driver with minor injuries, said deputy Police Chief John McCarthy.

Before police took him in to custody, Douglas allegedly fled on foot after grabbing a bag belonging to the tourists. 

McCarthy said the boy and his family are visiting Oahu from Korea, and have limited English skills.

"The situation was complicated," he said, adding that the boy was kidnapped and recovered so quickly that there was no time to issue a MAILE Alert.

At the Lanikai sightseeing spot, bystanders "saw the tourists exit the vehicle and then saw someone jump in the vehicle and drive away. (They) made the persons responsible for the car aware of that."

This story will be updated.

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