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DC Police Rescue Kidnapped North Carolina Girl After Wild Car Chase

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After a wild car chase on Sunday evening, D.C., police rescued an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her home in North Carolina.

The car chase began at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday after D.C. police spotted a 2005 white Chevrolet Impala with the exact license plate number that police in Charlotte, N.C., had released as part of its Amber Alert, WTOP reports.

Immediately, the Impala took off around Navy Yard and was swarmed by numerous cop cars until it crashed into another vehicle at 1700 Independence Ave SW.

“The D.C. Metro Police flooded that area and was looking for this car, our White Impala, and were able to locate that car and they were able to take the occupants of that car into custody and recover Arieyana safely,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Major Mike Smathers.

Police then found the 11-year-old girl, Arieyana Simone Forney, in the car along with the suspect and 25-year-old Nikkia Cooper. Curtis Atkinson Jr., Forney’s uncle, is the suspected kidnapper.

She was kidnapped from her grandparents’ home in North Carolina. During the kidnapping, her grandparents, Curtis Atkinson Sr. and Ruby Atkinson, were shot and killed and the house set on fire.

After firefighters arrived on the scene of the burning house, an Amber Alert was issued for Forney.

Both Atkinson and Cooper were arrested, following the conclusion of the car chase. She’s currently being held on drug-related charges, while police figure out what role, if any, she played in the kidnapping.

Authorities in North Carolina intend to charge Atkinson with the murder of Forney’s grandparents, who were also his parents.

It is unclear what Atkinson’s motives are behind the homicide, or why he kidnapped Forney. Police are continuing to investigate.

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