Frankie Vargoa. Courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff

A car with an autistic teenager inside was stolen from a Jack in the Box parking lot in Paramount Friday, prompting authorities to issue an Amber Alert that was canceled after the teen returned safely home hours later.

Few details were yet available, and deputies did not say how the teen managed to leave the stolen car and find his way home by bus.

The incident began shortly before midnight at 6601 E. Alondra Blvd., where the vehicle had been parked with the key in the ignition and 17-year-old Frankie Barboa sitting in the back seat, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Barboa was with his adult sister, who had stepped away and came back to find the vehicle gone.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert that included a photo and description of the teen, along with a description and license number of the car.

Shortly after 9 a.m., authorities reported that the boy and the car had been found.

According to the sheriff’s department, a person described only as a female got into the car and drove off, apparently without knowing that Barboa was in the rear seat charging a device.

About 8:30 a.m., authorities were called by a Paramount resident who knew about the Amber Alert, who said the vehicle was parked in front of his house. Authorities determined that it was the missing car. A short time later, they were notified that Barboa had gotten home on his own via the bus system. He was not harmed.

—City News Service

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