LAKE FOREST PARK, Wash. – A 5-year-old boy who was abducted by his “violent, dangerous” father and triggered an Amber Alert was rescued in dramatic fashion Wednesday by Seattle police.
“The Amber Alert system worked flawlessly today,” said Lake Forest Park Police Chief Steve Sutton. The boy was taken from Lake Forest Park.
He said Seattle police rescued the boy 45 minutes after the Amber Alert went out. “Great job by the Seattle Police Department,” Sutton said.
Video from Air 4 showed a heavy police presence at Northeast 63rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast in North Seattle Wednesday afternoon where several police vehicles rammed a silver Mercedesrt. Video also showed police pulling out a man who was wearing clothes matching the description of their suspect and eventually comforting a young boy who was in the vehicle. Police later confirmed that the man was the suspect, and the boy was the abducted child.
A second man was also in the car and was taken into custody.
Seattle police said there were no serious injuries, but video from Air 4 showed police officers and medics putting the suspect on a gurney.
Sutton said the boy was uninjured. He was taken to Seattle Children’s Hospital to be examined and was released.
The Washington State Patrol earlier issued an Amber Alert after the 5-year-old boy was taken by his father who then fled from police earlier Wednesday in Lake Forest Park. He was later involved in a hit-and-run crash, police said.
The father, identified as Taraille Chesney, 31, is known to be violent and dangerous, police said. He has a lengthy criminal record. His rap sheet shows 53 arrests and 10 felony convictions.
“Mr. Chesney is well known in this area and is a violent offender,” Sutton said.
The boy has been in the custody of the state, but was with a grandmother in Lake Forest Park, Sutton said.
Police responded to the home because of a 911 hang-up call, Sutton said. Officers saw a car believed to be Chesney’s speeding away and briefly chased it.
It took about 90 minutes for the Amber Alert to go out, Sutton said, because authorities had to confirm all the criteria for an Amber Alert. The sticking point was whether the child was in danger, Sutton said.
Almost as soon as the alert went out, tips began coming into the Seattle Police Department’s real time crime center, Sutton said.
Seattle police said the Ambert Alert went out at 1:30 p.m. and by 1:50 p.m., several people called 911 to say they had spotted the car in the University District. Police responded in force, and the car officers were trying to stop collided with several police vehicles.
Sutton said Chesney was involved in several crashes, including with Seattle police officers, before the boy was rescued.
Sutton said Chesney will likely face several charges, including DUI.