CLEARFIELD -- Clearfield police continue to look for a kidnapping suspect who lost his shoes while running from police, says Sgt. Kyle Jeffries.
Javier Antonio-Lopez, 24, is suspected of abducting his estranged 25-year-old girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter at Oak Hills Elementary School in Kearns at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jeffries said.
The suspect then drove for four hours to Park City and back through Salt Lake and Weber counties.
Jeffries said the victims begged Lopez to let them out of the vehicle, but he refused to let them go and continued driving. It had started the night before, following a fight between the suspect and the woman, who had broken up with him, Jeffries said. The suspect was not going to let the woman leave him.
A Clearfield police officer spotted the car Lopez was driving at a gas station and noticed some suspicious behavior, as no one got out to fill the car with gas.
Police followed the car to another gas station, where a police officer saw the woman stick her leg out of the vehicle in an attempt to get out before it sped away. Police then tried to pull the car over about 7:30 p.m., but Lopez drove the car off the road and then fled on foot to avoid being arrested.
Jeffries said the woman and child were not harmed, but were held against their will in the car.
Lopez, who also goes by David, ran from the car near the Legend Hills business complex, 2000 E. 1200 South, and into a muddy field, where police later found his shoes.
Police believe Lopez may have hitchhiked along Interstate 15 near Antelope Drive. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tattoo on his left shoulder that reads "Antonio Lopez."
Anyone with information concerning Lopez can call Clearfield police at 801-525-2806.