HURON, Ohio-- Thanks to some good Samaritans, a little boy was reunited with his mother in Cleveland after an Amber Alert was issued on Monday.
According to authorities, the child’s father, Kevin Criss, 36, didn’t return the boy to a relative’s house on Sunday, which is why the alert was issued.
“The child’s mother has a protection order on file against him and that child is listed in the protection order as one of the protected individuals,” said Chief Deputy Jared Oliver with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.
Criss was taken into custody on Monday after four alert people spotted the suspect’s vehicle while they were eating breakfast in Huron.
Les Brock received the alert on his iPhone and made a point to remember the information. A few hours later, he spotted the suspect on Route 6 in Erie County.
“I just went up to the window and looked out and I remembered the plate; we had made an acronym for it; and I was like, that’s it; that’s it. That’s the Amber Alert and that’s all I had to yell and he came with me. We told the girls to stay and we ran out,” said Les Brock.
Brock and his friend, Willie Schwinn, called 911 and left the restaurant to follow the suspect who was heading west on Route 6.
“To have the wherewithal to be sitting and eating breakfast and recognize a vehicle that you heard an Amber Alert about, then to leave your breakfast, follow the vehicle, call 911, alert us and all the other authorities that went to assist; we owe that all to him,” said Deputy Chief Oliver.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Department gives all the credit to the two construction workers from Litchfield, Ohio.
However, they credit a higher power and don’t want to be called heroes. “I have nieces and nephews, none of my own children, but I mean, I can only imagine. The child is abducted and I'm gonna do whatever I can. Neither one of us have kids; so we were following that guy to the end,” said Brock.
The child has been reunited with his mom and Criss is being held for possession of drugs and charges of violating a protection order. He will be moved to Cleveland to face additional charges.