Amber Alert canceled: Emma Grace found safe, father arrested at mobile home in N.C.
RANDOLPH Co., Va. (WSET) -- The man who police said kidnapped his seven-month-old daughter from a gas station in Danville and brought her to North Carolina is behind bars.
The Randolph County Sheriff's Office said Carl Ray Kennedy was arrested near Randleman, North Carolina on Tuesday, June 5.
Police said Kennedy abducted seven-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy from a gas station in Danville around 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3 after he assaulted her mother and grabbed her.
An Amber Alert was issued for Emma Grace early Monday morning, around 1 a.m.
Investigators in Randolph County said Emma Grace was found with Kennedy at the time he was arrested and appeared to be unharmed.
He was arrested at a mobile home in the Randolph County area; the sheriff's office said after a tip, a deputy responded and spotted Emma Grace and immediately took her from the scene.
Danville Police said someone called 911 around 11:55 a.m. Tuesday saying that Kennedy was at a home in the 4000 block of Wells Lane in Randleman.
A team including officers from the Danville Police Department, FBI, Randleman Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Secret Service converged on the house and arrested Kennedy without incident.
Before he was arrested, investigators said Kennedy painted his gold vehicle black in an attempt to disguise it.
Emma Grace was taken to Randolph Health Hospital where she was reunited with her family, treated, and released.
The sheriff's office said the case was brought to a successful conclusion, thanks to a group effort involving the citizens of Randolph County, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, multiple FBI Task Forces, the United States Secret Service, the United States Marshall Service, Danville Police Department, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Moore County Sheriff’s Office.
Kennedy will be arraigned in North Carolina and then will be extradited back to Danville where he will stand trial.
He's currently being held on a fugitive from justice warrant and awaiting extradition.
When he arrives in Danville, Danville Police said officers will serve him with warrants for domestic assault and abduction.