ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — A statewide Amber Alert was canceled Thursday evening for two young children who were taken from Zanesville, after they were found more than 100 miles away in western Pennsylvania.
The toddler and infant were taken in an unlocked vehicle outside a gas station near 531 Main St. in Zanesville around 5:15 p.m. on Thursday. The children were later located with a man in his forties, who has been taken into custody but has yet to be named, according to Zanesville police.
The woman who was watching over the children went into a nearby dance studio for less than ten minutes, she told NBC4. She called police when she came outside and realized the children were gone.
“It can be overwhelming at times, because you don’t want to miss anything. You want to get the information back as quickly as possible because every second counts in a case like this,” Sgt. Phil Michel said.
Several nearby businesses provided surveillance footage, which tracked the car heading east. Three hours later, Pennsylvania State Police found the vehicle near Washington, Pa. — where the man was brought into custody.
“Some of the officers were familiar with the guy and knew who he was,” Michel said, adding that he will face charges.