Surveillance video, 911 call released in kids abduction
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police have released surveillance video and the 911 call in the case of a South Florida man accused of leaving three kids in a car while going into a store before it was stolen by a woman the man later recognized as a former school classmate.
Police said Anthony Milhomme Sr. went inside a mini-market at Northwest 62nd Street and First Court on April 29 and left his two kids, ages 5 and 6, and their 6-year-old cousin in the car.
On Monday, Miami Police released surveillance video of the moment a woman wearing a pink shirt stole the car with the kids inside.
Milhomme exited the store and realized the car was missing and his children were nowhere in sight. That is when he notified police.
Milhomme: "I need a police officer on 62nd and Northwest First Court."
911 dispatcher: "What's going on there, sir?"
Milhomme: "I had my kids in the car, and I jumped out to walk in the store really quick, and now my car is gone with my kids in it."
911 dispatcher: "The kids were in the car?"
Milhomme: "Yes, ma'am."
Milhomme went on to explain that he went into the store for a few minutes.
Milhomme: "I just walked in there to grab an application to make a money transfer. I was in there not even two minutes."
The car was later found four blocks away.
Authorities said Milhomme stayed in the market longer than a few minutes and arrested him. He was charged with numerous counts of child neglect and later released.
When Milhomme bonded out, he said he recognized the woman who drove off with his children. "When she came to the window and asked me for a dollar, honestly, she didn't even know that was my vehicle, and you know, the thing about it, I was shocked when I [saw] her, because I was like, 'I went to school with her,'" he said.
The woman who stole the vehicle was identified as Velan Verdier. She was arrested and faces numerous charges, including kidnapping and child abuse.
One of the children inside Milhomme's sedan claims the suspect asked her for money. "She said, 'Give me $5,'" the girl said. "I gave it to her."
Verdier remains in the Miami-Dade County jail and has a court hearing scheduled for next week.
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