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Man arrested after kidnapping ex-girlfriend's toddler in Pinellas County

Posted: 3:52 AM, Jun 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-15 14:49:37Z
Deputies searching for man who kidnapped toddler
Deputies searching for man who kidnapped toddler

LARGO, Fla. — Pinellas County detectives arrested a man after he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend's 2-year-old child on Sunday night.

Johnny A. Wise, 27, allegedly kidnapped the toddler from his ex-girlfriend's home in the 13000 block of 125th Street North in unincorporated Largo shortly after 10:00 p.m.

According to the ex-girlfriend, Wise became angry after they got into an argument and broke several windows in her home. Wise then threatened to shoot her and kidnapped the 2-year-old child.

After Wise left, with the toddler, in a 1997 Buick LeSabre, his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend followed in his 2007 Nissan Frontier truck to the intersection of 6th Street SW and 4th Avenue SW.

When he pulled up behind Wise, Wise placed the Buick in reverse and accelerated — intentionally crashing into the truck.

After ramming the truck, Wise left the intersection and bailed out of the vehicle with the toddler near the intersection of West Bay Drive and Ridge Road SW. 

While escaping deputies, Wise made contact with a family member of the toddler and safely released him to their custody. The child was not injured.

Deputies were unable to locate Wise thereafter.

At about 9:34 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, detectives located and arrested Wise near a residence located on Williams Drive in Largo.

Wise was transported to the Pinellas County Jail and charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of attempted felony murder, one count of criminal mischief, three counts of violation of probation - sale of cocaine, three counts of violation of probation - aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of violation of probation - possession of cocaine with intent to sell.


Johnny A. Wise