NEW CASTLE, De. – An Amber Alert was called off Friday afternoon after police arrested a child predator who led them on a fifty mile high-speed chase that spanned two states and left eleven people, including four police officers, dead.
It all began Friday morning when Carla Menendez, a third grade teacher at New Castle Elementary School, noticed her student, eight-year old Kyle Jefferson, was absent from class. School officials contacted Kyle’s parents, Tom and Eileen Jefferson, who said the last they’d seen or heard from their son had been when he boarded a county school bus just an hour before. It was then that school officials notified the New Castle Country Police Department, who issued an Amber Alert for Kyle Jefferson.
At approximately 10:05 a.m. New Castle police received a call from a concerned citizen who spotted the young Kyle Jefferson near The Home Depot on Sunset Boulevard. Officers were en route to The Home Depot when a dispatcher notified them that the silent alarm had been triggered nearby at the Citizens Bank on North Dupont Highway.
Police arrived on the scene to find mild-mannered Kyle Jefferson exiting Citizens Bank, with his backpack -which appeared to be stuffed with cash- around his shoulders, while brandishing a Uzi submachine gun. Before police could intervene, Kyle, who came in Second Place in his school’s science fair this year, opened fire on the officers’ vehicles. In the ensuing chaos, young Kyle Jefferson was able to hijack a New Castle Police cruiser and flee the scene.
Moments later additional units were in pursuit of the stolen police car as it traveled south on Dupont Highway while weaving in and out of traffic. Miraculously, the unassuming eight-year-old was able to shoot out the tires of the lead police car, causing it to veer off the road into a Sunoco gas station where it struck a fuel line and exploded. The resulting fire destroyed five nearby businesses, including the Sunoco, and left seven people dead.
Shortly after passing the Maryland-Delaware state line, the youthful Kyle Jefferson’s commandeered police car encountered a roadblock set up by Maryland State Troopers. Upon hitting a spike strip at one hundred miles per hour, Kyle’s front tires were torn apart causing the vehicle to flip over roughly nine times before coming to a rest on the median. Officers rushed the vehicle, taking the child, who was remarkably unharmed, into custody. Kyle Jefferson, who officers described as “extremely polite,” was found to have a fully automatic Uzi submachine gun, $2,500 in cash, and a two-pound bag of lollipops in his possession.
“He’s just never done anything like this before in his life,” said Eileen Jefferson, Kyle’s mother, who, like many others in New Castle County, spoke very highly of her son. Mrs. Jefferson believes Kyle may have become overly excited after playing the video game Grand Theft Auto V at a friend’s house earlier in the week. “It’s the only possible explanation I can think of,” she said. Police are currently investigating the matter and, as of press time, no charges have been filed.