Brief Amber Alert In Massachusetts For Child In Car Stolen From Chicopee

Brief Amber Alert In Massachusetts For Child In Car Stolen From Chicopee

After Massachusetts State Police briefly issued an Amber Alert for a stolen car from Chicopee on Friday morning, a 3-year-old boy was found safe.

The boy was discovered at a hotel in Windsor, Connecticut, and the Amber Alert was deactivated around 10:30 a.m. He was taken to a Massachusetts hospital for a precautionary check-up, which revealed no injuries. The suspect, identified as 52-year-old Springfield resident Vadim Vorobyov, was apprehended at a Dollar Tree in Windsor.

According to State Police, the suspect dropped off the boy at the Rodeway Inn, where hotel staff promptly notified the authorities about the child left on the premises. Video footage indicates the suspect releasing the boy from the car and then driving away, leaving the toddler alone in the parking lot.

Vadim Vorobyov will face charges of kidnapping, child endangerment, and car theft. Authorities confirmed there is no familial relationship between Vorobyov and the child, suggesting the crime was arbitrary.

The red 2021 Toyota Camry, taken from an Exchange Street residence in Chicopee with the engine running at 8:40 a.m., had the boy in the backseat, as reported by State Police. The boy’s mother contacted 911 to report the theft.

Police tracked the car heading south on Route 91 in Longmeadow using a license plate reader. With assistance from Toyota, law enforcement located the unoccupied vehicle at the Kennedy Road shopping plaza in Windsor.

The Amber alert system, named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl kidnapped and murdered in 1996, employs the Emergency Alert System to disseminate information useful in locating abducted children.

Massachusetts State Police adhere to three criteria before issuing an Amber Alert: the abducted child must be 17 years old or younger, facing a threat of serious injury or death, and there must be adequate information to disseminate through an Amber Alert to aid in locating the child.