Arrest made after man reportedly stole truck with boys, 9 & 13, inside


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - One person was taken into custody Monday in connection to a case where a truck was stolen from a gas station in south Charlotte with two young boys inside.

According to police, the truck was stolen from a QuikTrip Express along Clanton Road Sunday evening around 5:25 p.m. Police say a man and woman went into the store and left the truck running.

According to police, the 9-year-old immediately jumped out of the vehicle and the 13-year-old did the same a short time later as the vehicle was traveling southbound on South Tryon Street.

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Neither boy was injured from jumping out of the truck.

Officials said Monday afternoon that the stolen truck was spotted and followed by a police helicopter until the driver, later identified as 46-year-old Howard Lenzy Watson, jumped from the vehicle and tried to run away on foot.

Officers set up a perimeter and tracked Watson. He was bitten by a K-9 officer during his apprehension and taken to Carolinas Medical Center for his injuries.

After being released from the hospital, Watson was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, kidnapping, fraud, and false pretense. He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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