OPD: Owensboro man steals car, abandons 4-year-old; child now safe and unharmed

March 2, 2021 | 12:11 am

Updated March 2, 2021 | 9:39 am

Graphic by Owensboro Times

UPDATE: 3/2/2021 — Additional charges for Jacob Trace Cameron:
First-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle)
Second-degreee fleeing or evading police (on foot)
Disregarding stop sign
Trafficking in synthetic drugs – 1st offense

Cameron was also charged with theft by unlawful taking (auto) $10,000 or more from a case on January 30th, 2021.

He had a total of five outstanding warrants for probation violation and one outstanding warrant for theft by unlawful taking (auto) $500 or more but under $10,000 and first-degree fleeing or evading police.


An Owensboro man is facing multiple charges including robbery and kidnapping after allegedly assaulting a driver, stealing the vehicle with a 4-year-old still inside, and later abandoning the child. The child was unharmed and brought to the Owensboro Police Department by a Good Samaritan.

According to OPD,  26-year-old Jacob “Trace” Cameron has been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment and kidnapping — with “additional charges to follow.”

According to reports, at approximately 10:15 p.m. Monday OPD responded to 1816 Triplett Street (Eagles Gas Station) for a stolen vehicle. The suspect — later identified as Cameron — allegedly assaulted the driver of the vehicle before stealing it with a  4-year-old child inside at the time.  

Officers located the vehicle at approximately 10:24 p.m. in the 3500 block of New Hartford Road. After chasing the vehicle, it crashed in the 3000 block of Legion Park Drive where the suspect fled on foot before being apprehended by officers at 10:29 p.m.  

While officers were taking the suspect into custody, a Good Samaritan brought  the child to the Owensboro Police Department advising he located the child abandoned in the 2100 block of Breckenridge Street. The child was unharmed.

Cameron was taken to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital for injuries sustained from the collision.  

Detectives are investigating and anyone with additional information can call OPD at 270-687-8888, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 270- 687-8484. 

March 2, 2021 | 12:11 am

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