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2 hospitalized, 1 arrested after armed abduction, chase

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 20-year-old woman and her 1-year-old child were hospitalized after being abducted on the Northside. A pursuit of the suspect ended with a crash on train tracks on the Westside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was called to reports of an armed abduction on Acorn Park Court about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Investigators said a gun was fired at some point during the abduction.

While gathering information about the case, an officer noticed the suspect drive by in the victim's vehicle and began a pursuit.

The chase ended when the suspect steered off the road at the Plymouth Street and Roosevelt Boulevard intersection. The vehicle flipped over on the railroad tracks and caused a delay in train traffic until it could be removed, according to detectives.

News4Jax Crime and Safety Analyst Gil Smith says police will speak with the people at the home, including the victims because the woman may have known the suspect.

"The investigation is really going to focus on the adult that was kidnapped.  She’s going to have all the information and can explain what the relationship was to the abductor especially with a small child involved. He could be the father or related to the child or adult in some way," Smith said.

Smith also said investigators will have to figure what happened with the discharge of a gun.

"Was there attempted murder? They still have to figure that out.  Was it an accidental discharge?  So the charges shouldn’t be different even if the person was known," Smith said.

Authorities said the victims did not appear to be injured but were taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center for evaluation. Police arrested the suspect, whose name was not immediately released. He could face armed kidnapping and other charges.