Amber Alert: Ohio man arrested in Pennsylvania for allegedly kidnapping 2 children
An Ohio man was arrested in Pennsylvania on Thursday after allegedly abducting two children, triggering an Amber Alert.
Zanesville resident Thomas Pritchard, 46, was charged with child endangerment, reckless endangerment and receiving stolen property.
The alleged kidnapper is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police say a woman left her car running outside a business while dropping off a child on Thursday. When she returned, her vehicle – which was carrying a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old – was missing.
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Officers reviewed surveillance video to try to find the direction Pritchard was taking.
The Zanesville Police Department said a “vigilant citizen” saw the car near Washington, Pennsylvania and alerted Pennsylvania State Police.
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Washington police and Pennsylvania State Troopers located the vehicle and arrested the suspect around 8 p.m. that evening,
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“The children were found safe and would be transported to a local hospital for evaluation,” the Zanesville Police Department said in a Facebook post. “The children were then reunited with their families.”
Pritchard is currently being held in Washington County Jail. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Detective Brian Swingle at 740-455-0708