Police Sort Out What Led to Chase

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Police are piecing together what led up to the arrest of Sean Collins Thursday night after a pursuit.

Collins crashed a stolen minivan at 14th and Dodge at the end of the chase. It started near 38th and Parker, headed into Council Bluffs and reverted back into Omaha.

Investigators say Collins then tried to carjack a woman who managed to lock the doors and put the window up. Officers took Collins into custody. He was booked for a host of charges including attempted abduction and fleeing form police.

Jessica Mericle was the woman whose vehicle was nearly carjacked just as police made the arrest.

She said, “The soul was out of his eyes. He looked like the devil. Something was off."

Minutes earlier, officers radioed, “We're going to be in pursuit. Not sure if he grabbed a kid or not.”

The police dialogue continued with, “I want Able 1 to have the pursuit. I don't want to push him through an intersection, get in an accident especially with a kid in the car."

The attempted abduction allegation is related to where the incident began.

Back where the chase started, there was a smashed vehicle that police say the fleeing driver hit. It turns out investigators had good reason to think a child had been taken.

Misty Parker said, "Around 8:30 is when he tried to nab my niece and nephew."

Shelby is 10. Her brother Devon is in kindergarten. The two were heading home from visiting friends. They live just a few houses down on Parker Street. They saw the suspicious van and Shelby had the idea to go into a yard and act like they lived there. Once they felt the threat had gone, they start walking again but the van returned and Shelby got nervous.

Misty said, "They were asking, telling him that they had something for him and to get in the van. She told her brother to run. As he pedaled his bike, he got his shoelaces caught. The guy got out of the van and tried to grab my nephew. She said forget about the shoe -- run!"

An unknown woman got out of the van in the neighborhood. She hasn't been found yet.

The family said, Shelby used the lessons learned in school when they talked about stranger danger.

As for Sean Collins, years ago he was a suspect in a murder investigation and later pleaded guilty to lesser charges.


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