Bronx Dad Who Kidnapped His Children Surrenders, Cops Say

By Alan Neuhauser on November 19, 2012 3:35pm | Updated on November 19, 2012 5:11pm

 Fitz Edwards, 29, surrendered to police Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, after allegedly shooting at the mother of his children, setting her apartment on fire, kidnapping the couple's kids and stealing a car at gunpoint early Sunday morning, Nov. 18, 2012.
Fitz Edwards, 29, surrendered to police Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, after allegedly shooting at the mother of his children, setting her apartment on fire, kidnapping the couple's kids and stealing a car at gunpoint early Sunday morning, Nov. 18, 2012.
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THE BRONX — The dad who allegedly shot at the mother of his children, set her apartment on fire, kidnapped the couple's young kids and carjacked a driver at gunpoint early Sunday morning surrendered to police Monday, the NYPD announced.

Fitz Edwards, 29, turned himself into police at the 47th Precinct stationhouse in Edenwald and was hit with a slew of charges including first-degree assault, arson and robbery.

The children were found unharmed hours after the alleged mayhem, police said.

Edwards and his estranged girlfriend, 26, started arguing in the woman's apartment at Barker and Adee avenues just before 5 a.m., police and neighbors said, when Edwards allegedly pulled a handgun and fired one shot at the woman.

“I heard a man’s voice yelling. I could make out, 'I’m goin’ kill you!’" neighbor Felo Gonder told the New York Post. “Then I heard a gunshot as the door burst open. I saw the woman running down the stairs."

Edwards missed, and neighbors said the woman burst from the apartment and fled down the stairs, the Post said.

Edwards then set the apartment on fire, took the couple's two children, ages 2 and 5, and walked three blocks to Bronx Boulevard, where he pointed the gun at the driver of a gray 2005 Honda Accord and drove off with the kids, police and the Daily News said. The driver was not injured.

The Honda — with the two children inside — was recovered about nine miles south at Park Avenue and East 128th Street in Harlem, cops said.

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