— From Staff Reports
A reported kidnapping of a toddler that began Tuesday evening at a west Weatherford convenience store ended almost an hour later with the suspect in custody and the child recovered unharmed.
An area-wide search for the suspect began about 5:44 p.m. Tuesday when the mother of a 2-year-old girl said the suspect took the child from a store in the 1100 block of Fort Worth Highway. The suspect's name and vehicle description was broadcast to all area law enforcement agencies, since it was said he could be headed to either Hood or Wise county.
Officers began trying to track the suspect through a GPS ankle monitoring device he was reportedly wearing. The suspect reportedly had a protective order against him, filed by the child's mother.
As a result, the search began to focus in the northern portions of Parker County, and at 6:36 p.m. the suspect – who officers said did cut the monitor from his ankle and tossed it from his truck – and the child were found at a store in Wise County on Farm-to-Market Road 730 at Briar Road, near FM Road 2257 west of Eagle Mountain Lake.
Officers reported the suspect was outside the truck and was “taken down” and placed into custody and the child was found safe and unharmed. Officers said the suspect had some scratches and abrasions to his face they said occurred prior to his being taken into custody.
The investigation in the case was ongoing Tuesday evening, and charges were pending against the suspect.