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Man indicted on charges of kidnapping and robbery

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 22-year-old man who allegedly carjacked a vehicle with a baby still in the back seat was indicted this week by a Gwinnett grand jury.

Javier Lopez, who also goes by the alias Javier Dionicio, was indicted on charges of robbery and kidnapping. Authorities said Lopez climbed into a 1994 BMW 325 on Aug. 23 while the owner of the vehicle, 23-year-old Luisa Bueno, went inside to pay for gas at the QuikTrip at 5095 Oakbrook Parkway in Norcross.

It was unclear whether Dionicio knew that a baby, Luis Hammond, was in the back seat asleep, police said.

A good Samaritan, 34-year-old Mohammed Kabir, was in his car across the street when he heard the mother's pleading and started following the BMW. He called a 911 dispatcher and kept police on the line while giving them information about where the alleged carjacker was heading.

Kabir stayed behind the BMW until the driver stopped at a Shell Food Mart on Beaver Ruin Road and Burns Road and dropped the baby off in the parking lot.

A short time later, Lilburn police pulled over the BMW at Hillcrest Road and pursued the driver on foot a short distance before capturing him with the aid of tracking dogs.

The infant was unharmed.

In other indictments:

•Alex Romero and Julio Ramos, whose ages are unknown, were indicted on charges of murder, felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The men are accused of fatally shooting Aldo Vallejo on Oct. 27, 2002, as he was driving a vehicle in the Norcross area. Three other passengers were also in the vehicle when the gunfire erupted, the indictment said.

•Yancey Slade Petty, 32, was indicted on charges of felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On Sept. 16, 2004, Yancey allegedly shot David Medford. Police initially thought Medford, 28, had been shot accidentally at his father's home in Lilburn while Petty was handling a gun, but subsequent investigation led authorities to believe the shooting was intentional.