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January 31, 2013

'I want the kid': Neighborhood mother is credited with driving away potential kidnapper; suspect, 63, a convicted felon, apprehended this week after short chase

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JACKSONVILLE —

Pfeuffer then drove off again — again, very, very slowly, reports show.

"He was not in any hurry to go — no hurry at all," Pate said. "He kept on going through the apartment parking lot and left."

That was Monday afternoon.

"As soon as he (Pfeuffer) was finished leaving the first day, a sheriff's deputy just happened to drive by the parking lot there and the mother flagged him down," Pate said. "She told him what happened. The deputy looked around but couldn't find any car that matched that particular description. So the mother went out and told everyone in the neighborhood to watch out for the vehicle."

On Tuesday, a neighbor contacted the mother and said, 'Hey, that car you told us about? It just drove through," the detective said.

"The mother had her stepson climb in her vehicle the second day he showed up to try to find him," said Pate. "When he did, the stepson flagged down an officer who put it out over the radio."

When Pfeuffer was spotted in his vehicle heading south on South Bolton after the second, Tuesday afternoon incident, a Jacksonville police officer attempted to stop him. But Pfeuffer refused to pull over. Instead, he drove another couple of blocks before deciding to stop.

"We're only talking two blocks but he fled enough to charge him with evading arrest," Pate said."He came to a stop on Sunnydale Drive."

Pate said news of the attempt really shook up the residents of the apartment complex, Little Creek Apartments, 645 Canada St., where the incident took place.

Pfeuffer will remain in custody in Jacksonville for at least the next six days as he works off an extensive amount of city traffic tickets, reports show.

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