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62-year-old man accused of child abduction, arrested after police chase in Tarrant County

The suspect has been charged with kidnapping, evading arrest with a vehicle and aggravated assault against a public servant.

TARRANT COUNTY, Texas — A man is in custody on kidnapping charges following a chase with Tarrant County deputies Monday evening. 

Deputies with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office were dispatched at about 6:20 p.m. Monday to the 13000 block of Lansman Drive for a kidnapping in progress, police said, where they were told a suspect tried to abduct a child from her address. 

The mother, Paige Ortiz, said she and her husband fought off the kidnapper. She held a kitchen knife to the man's throat. 

"All I could say was, 'You better put my daughter down or I will end your life,'" Ortiz said Wednesday. "I was just screaming and screaming at him."

Eventually, Ortiz's husband wrestled the 2-year-old girl away. 

"It was a motherly instinct, for sure," Ortiz said. "I'm glad that it came so naturally, so fast, and so aggressive."

The man, identified by police as 62-year-old Steven Bayse, sped off. 

Police said the mother gave deputies the make, model and tag number of the vehicle. Deputies went to the suspect's address in Crowley where they found Bayse in his truck.  

Police said Bayse refused to stop when deputies tried to pull him over, leading to a pursuit. He stopped several times, but would then continue running from deputies. 

At one point during the chase, police said they tried to conduct a high-risk stop when Bayse was stopped at a red light. He drove off and collided into three patrol vehicles, almost hitting a deputy. 

Bayse then pulled into a grocery store parking lot and was taken to custody, police said. 

"This man is a danger," Ortiz said. "I have to get his name out there."

Bayse is in the Tarrant County jail and has been charged with kidnapping, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and aggravated assault against a public servant. He has a $125,000 bond. 

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