Two arrested for kidnapping after vehicle theft

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Grand Island police say a woman's kids were sleeping in a running car Wednesday, when Mohamed Osman Habib and Aisha Hurie jumped in and drove off with it.

A six-year-old and three-year-old boy were sleeping in the running car just after 6:30 p.m. at 378 N. Elm in Grand Island, and that's when police say Habib and Hurie stole the vehicle.

The pair only drove the car one block before abandoning it near the intersection of 4th and Cedar.

Fortunately, police were able to locate the vehicle a short time later with the kids still in it and unharmed while still sleeping.

Grand Island police captain Jim Duering says they were able to track the suspects through footprints in the snow and with the use of K-9 police dog. Habib and Hurie were found at a nearby apartment complex.

During a series of interviews, it was determined the two worked in conjunction to steal the vehicle. During a search of Hurie, police were able to find the keys to the vehicle located in her clothing.

The 18-year-old Hurie admitted to consuming alcohol as well.

Both were promptly arrested for kidnapping two counts, motor vehicle theft and a variety of other charges. Some of the items taken from the car were recovered, but a cell phone was still missing.

Duering says the mother of the children was not cited in the case. The police captain said the woman "could have made better decisions" in leaving the children unattended for what appeared to be two minutes, but they chose not to issue any citations to her.

The children were unharmed in the incident.