SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- A woman got the scare of a lifetime Monday morning after police say a 23-year-old suspect took off with her car while her son was inside.
The woman was reportedly checking into the Microtel hotel at 4843 West Douglas Corrigan Way around 3:45 a.m. when it happened.
Police say shortly after taking off the suspect, Fransico Esmerado, “flagged down an officer” to report he had just stolen the vehicle.
The mother and her 12-year-old son were reunited.
Esmerado was booked on auto theft and kidnapping charges.