Good Samaritans help police track down van described in Amber Alert for Cleveland boy
Tracy Carloss, newsnet5.com
5:52 PM, Jul 1, 2013
10:54 PM, Jul 1, 2013
SANDUSKY, Ohio - Police say a missing 8-year-old Cleveland boy was found safe after an Amber Alert was issued Monday morning.
The missing child, Kevin Criss Jr., along with the suspect, the boy's non-custodial father Kevin Criss, and his van were located on Cleveland Road in Huron by the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Huron police, along with officers from several other cities.
"We got a 911 call from a citizen and he stayed on the phone with our dispatcher," said Chief Deputy Jared Oliver, with the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
"We were on our way to Cedar Point; we all got the Amber Alert. We made a game out of it, memorizing the plate and talking about the car," said Les Brock. Brock and three others left the Cleveland area headed for Sandusky Monday morning. The four stopped for breakfast at Lemmy's Restaurant in Huron.
Brock looked out the window and at that exact minute, there was the gold colored 2003 Oldsmobile Silouette van with that matched the description of the vehicle. Brock and his buddy, Willie Schwinn, jumped in their car and started following the van, keeping police up to date on their location through the 911 dispatcher.
"I'm not going to let him go. I know it's a kid. I'm a CCW holder and I'm prepared to follow until you guys get here," Brock told the dispatcher.
The two men said they're not heroes; they were just doing what was right. The owner of Lemmy's Restaurant thinks differently, he picked up the tab for breakfast.
Criss was placed under arrest and taken to Erie County Jail.
Criss Jr, 8, was transported to Erie County's Department of Job and Family Services. The little boy and his mother were reunited.
Police said he had last been seen Sunday in the 3700 block of West Boulevard in Cleveland. Criss is a suspected drug addict and mentally unstable, according to authorities.
A police report said Criss took the boy from a family member, saying he was taking him swimming at a hotel and also made statements to family members about going to California.