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Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 am

Mom, girl flee from potential abduction

OK after stolen vehicle hits train

Journal Gazette

A Warsaw mother and her 7-year-old daughter were uninjured after police say the stolen vehicle they were in, driven by a registered sex offender, crashed into a train.

Police responded at 1:58 p.m. Friday to the crash on East Pope Street, according to a news release. Police said James Douglas Cable offered to drive Amber Wirsing, 27, and her daughter from their home to the county fairgrounds. Police said the woman, however, protested and demanded Cable let her out of the vehicle when she noticed him traveling away from the fairgrounds.

Cable became upset, police said, and ignored the red flashing lights as he unsuccessfully tried to beat the train. Wirsing told police Cable tried to stop her from getting out of the car after the crash, but she grabbed her daughter and escaped.

Police found Cable hiding in an old camper near the tracks.

His vehicle, a 2015 Kia Sportage, was reported stolen in Perry County, Illinois, said police, who also learned that Cable is a registered sex offender in Illinois.

They said they believe he has been living in Indiana and want to confirm that.

He has been preliminarily charged with vehicle theft and three misdemeanors. Anyone with information about Cable's activities since Sunday is asked to call the Warsaw Police Department at 574-385-2208.