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Inside story: How police saved kidnapped child

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We have the inside story of how Cleveland Police saved a child -- after a car thief kidnapped the boy.

On Friday, December 6, an 8-year-old boy was rescued, thanks to an off-duty cop and a new police radio system.  The officer even put himself in danger to get the child back.

Officer Dylan Demas was heading home and he still had his police radio on.

He saw a car that police were looking for at Fleet and E. 77th Street.

Police began looking for it when a woman jumped in and took off with an 8-year-old boy inside.

Demas and patrol cars quickly boxed in that driver but she rammed the officer's personal truck to get away.

That car belonged to Saunta Jones.

We met him where police stopped the car after a chase in Valley View. Officers broke out the windows and use a taser to arrest the thief.

Jones said, "Thank you Cleveland Police Officers for doing a great job and apprehending her and stopping this before it got messy."

Officer Demas said, "We had no idea what she planned to do with that kid or with that vehicle."

Officer Demas was aware of what was happening only because of the new Cleveland Police radios.

All officers now have them on 24-7 so that they can listen in or report crimes anytime.

And Demas is no stranger to danger.   A man once dragged him during a traffic stop.

"We all worked out together.  It's what we do," said Demas.

The thief is now under investigation and the child is safe.

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