NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The father of a 10-month-old child that was kidnapped during a carjacking on Tuesday morning in Nashville spoke to News 4.
The incident started after a crash and a carjacking at Murfreesboro Pike and Hamilton Church Road in Antioch around 8:15 a.m.
Police said 28-year-old Cody Eakes crashed into a woman who was on her way to work. Two different Good Samaritans stopped to help, but both ended up with injuries.
Police said Eakes stole the woman’s car with a 10-month-old baby in the back. The man who stopped to help tried jumping in the car to stop Eakes from taking off. Police said he ended up injured and had to have surgery on Wednesday.
The Metro Nashville Police Department safely recovered a 10-month old child that was kidnapped during a carjacking on Murfreesboro Pike around 8:15am.
Police managed to track Eakes down, and they were able to reunite the baby with his dad.
News 4 talked to the father about how he felt when he showed up to the scene knowing a dangerous and reckless man had his child and that there was nothing he could do about it.
“No, I wasn’t yelling. My heart was just heavy, and I was just like I’m just trying to think where this dude would have really gone because I need to find this dude because I need to find my child,” father Oraska Cooper said.
News4 also spoke with the victims who were affected by the incident.
"I saw it coming but by then it was too late," said the woman who was hit by Eakes.
"I was like I’m not okay. Call 911 call 911. As I got out the car that hit me the driver also got out," she said.
The woman who was his said she watched as Eakes tried to carjack another woman who had stopped to help after witnessing the collision.
"I didn’t know what was said to each other I just saw struggle him fiddling with her door and trying to pull her out," the woman said.
Shortly after, she said she saw a good Samaritan attempt to stop Eakes from stealing the vehicle and taking off."
The woman said, "All I could hear was there’s a baby in the car there’s a baby in the car that’s when I lost it."
Good Samaritan Michael Crowne had to have surgery and the woman witness was so shaken by the event, she didn't want to reveal her face when describing the incident.
As for Cooper, he is hugging his young son a little tighter tonight.