Julianna Frank has been arrested in Missoula after being found in a car that was reported stolen in Great Falls two weeks ago.
The car was stolen in downtown Great Falls on October 30 and a toddler was inside at the time. Great Falls police say that the parent of the child had briefly left the child unattended in the car while she ran an errand.
The child was dropped off a short time later at the Best Western Heritage Inn hotel, was found to be unharmed, and was reunited with family. The GFPD said that the parent will likely not be charged.
After dropping off the child, the driver of the stolen car drove away, and police were not able to find the car or the suspect.
On Wednesday, November 8th, a Missoula police office attempted to pull over the stolen car at around 4:15 a.m. after receiving reports of erratic driving.
Frank then led officers on a high-speed chase westbound on Interstate 90 before crashing at mile marker 82, near the Nine Mile exit, about about 20 miles west of Missoula.
Police say that she was not injured and no one else was in the vehicle.
Frank, 26 years old, is scheduled to appear in Missoula District Court on Wednesday.
We do not yet know if Frank is the person who stole the vehicle in Great Falls.
(OCTOBER 30, 2017) A child was found safe after reportedly being inside a car that was stolen in Great Falls on Monday.
The Great Falls Police Department issued the following community alert at 11:59 a.m.:
COMMUNITY ALERT - Missing Child! We are looking for a black Chevrolet Malibu bearing Montana license plate BZA-414. The vehicle was stolen with a one year old child inside. Please immediately CALL 911 IF YOU SEE THIS VEHICLE. The attached photo is not the actual vehicle, but an image of a similar one.
At 12:17 p.m., the GFPD reported that the child has been found and is safe, and that officers were still looking for the vehicle.
The child was found at the Best Western Heritage Inn, according to several witnesses, and several patrol cars and officers were at the scene a short time later.
Carlena Kee, who works at the hotel, told KRTV that a housekeeper "found the child sitting in a chair by our work office and another housekeeper took him down to the front desk; that is when they proceeded to look for the child’s parent(s) or who he belonged to; after that, the cops were called."
We do not yet know the circumstances of the theft, such as whether the driver of the car was forced out by the suspect, or if the child had been left unattended.
The GFPD has declined to release any other information at this point, but said that more details will be released later on Monday.
We will update you as we get more information.