CHILLIWACK, B.C. — A 12-year-old British Columbia boy who was abducted in what police described as a violent confrontation on Sunday was located and his father was arrested several hours after an Amber Alert was issued, the RCMP said.
The Mounties said the boy was at a home in Chilliwack, east of Vancouver, with his maternal grandparents on Sunday afternoon when three men forced their way inside and took him.
That prompted an Amber Alert, which was cancelled after nearly six hours.
“He has been located in Surrey and his father has been taken into custody,” said RCMP Cpl. Lea-Anne Dunlop shortly after the Amber Alert ended.
Earlier, police said they believed the boy was with his 34-year-old father, 56-year-old grandfather and 17-year-old relative.
The group switched vehicles after grabbing the boy, said Dunlop.
“Our investigators have been able to determine that the three males that we’re now looking for attended to the residence where (the boy) was staying with his grandparents, they forced their way into the residence and attempted to take (him),” Dunlop said in an interview before the child was found.
“His grandparents tried to stop them, they were assaulted in the process, and then (the boy) was taken forcibly from his residence.”
Dunlop said the maternal grandparents suffered minor injuries. It’s not clear whether the boy was injured.