DETROIT – The suspect at the center of the kidnapping of a child, prompting an Amber Alert and police chase, is a probation absconder.
According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Grady Lamar Barrett, 42, skipped out on probation in November of 2012 in Wayne County.
Barrette went to prison in 1995 for assault and battery, carrying a concealed weapon, and attempting to receive stolen property.
Barrett allegedly took 2-year-old Sondra Renee at knifepoint Tuesday morning from her aunt's home on Detroit’s west side. Police said the child belongs to Barrett's girlfriend and he is not the biological parent.
A machete was later seen sitting on the dashboard of the Barrett's vehicle after the chase ended in a crash on Meyers Road near 7 Mile Road. Speeds reached upwards of 100 miles per hour.
“They engaged in a pursuit that lasted quite some time, about 50 minutes, through several cities and counties,” Detroit Police Deputy Chief David LeValley said.
Barrett was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital under arrest. A second person in the vehicle was taken into custody and the child was recovered safe.
Watch Detroit Police Deputy Chief David LeValley provide an update to the incident:
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