Kidnapping and murder suspect Eric Maes

Kidnapping and murder suspect Eric Maes was arrested in a wash in the 2300 block of West Thunderbird Road Feb. 10.

Eric Maes is being held on $2 million bail on charges of premeditated first-degree murder, kidnapping in apprehension of injury, endangerment and theft of means of transportation.

On Feb. 9, Maes, a transient, allegedly kidnapped his 10-month-old son, Abel, from his sister’s Peoria house and stole a van from outside of it, said Sgt. Amanda Gaines, Peoria Police Department public information officer. 

The infant’s mother, Brittany Martie of Phoenix, was picking up her child when she tried to save him. She sustained injuries either by jumping out of the moving van or when he supposedly struck her intentionally while she was on a sidewalk. 

Martie was able to speak with detectives before she died, Gaines said. 

Abel was found Feb. 10, uninjured, at a North Phoenix home. He was reportedly placed with Maes’ sister. 

Phoenix police arrested the 30-year-old man in a wash in the 2300 block of West Thunderbird Road at 2:45 p.m. Feb. 10 after he attempted to flee. 

Maes was initially charged with one count of manslaughter, but that was amended after police interviewed him.