PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men sought in the kidnapping of a 7-year-old girl who escaped from her captors were arrested early Thursday and more arrests were likely, police said.
James Burns, 29, and Edward Johnson, 23, were arrested around 5:30 a.m. in southwest Philadelphia, not far from where Erica Pratt was abducted Monday night while playing with her 5-year-old sister in front of their grandmother's rowhouse, police said.
Erica had escaped Tuesday after she gnawed her way through the duct tape that bound her, authorities had said.
The men had gone to a place where they thought they could get some money and were believed to be planning to leave the city Thursday and head south, police said at a news conference. Acting on a tip, officers spotted the car and the men bolted but were captured after a foot chase, police Lt. David Byrne said.
"We could have missed (them) by five minutes," Byrne said.
Burns and Johnson were treated for scrapes and a pulled muscle suffered during the foot chase and then taken to a jail, authorities said.
Police believe that others helped plan the kidnapping and there will likely be more arrests within a week, police Lt. Michael Chitwood said.
"The motive was definitely money," Chitwood said. He declined to give details except to note neighborhood rumors that the family had come into money recently.
Officers had said the men live near some members of Erica's family and were known to the family. They said the men's names were provided by two witnesses to the kidnapping.
Police said the "brave little girl" chewed through tape binding her hands, and broke out of the locked basement in an abandoned home where she had been held for almost 24 hours. The girl was back at home Wednesday, appearing no worse the wear.
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