Print

News >> Browse Articles >> Crime News

+4

Police: Kidnapping Suspect Found, Child Safe

Police: Kidnapping Suspect Found, Child Safe

Amaya Pernell

Associated Press

December 22, 2010

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A 28-year-old man being sought in the disappearance of his 3-year-old daughter following a fight with the girl’s mother in her Michigan apartment was arrested and the child is safe, police said Tuesday night.

Kidnapping, first-degree home invasion and domestic violence charges were authorized earlier in the day by the Ingham County prosecutor’s office against Lester Pernell.

An Amber Alert was issued for Amaya Marie Pernell, who was taken about 9:30 p.m. Monday from East Lansing. The girl was believed to be in extreme danger, and her mother was assaulted in the apartment following a domestic dispute, police said.

The girl “will be returned to her mother,” police said in a statement. It said the arrest occurred “without incident.” An earlier statement announcing the cancellation of the Amber Alert said the child was “recovered safely.”

East Lansing police said Tuesday night no additional information would be immediately released. Police didn’t say where the arrest was made.

The FBI had joined East Lansing police in the search for Pernell, who authorities said may have fled to a relative’s home in Detroit. Police also said he may have traveled earlier in the day to Atlanta, and that he has ties to the Raleigh, N.C. area.

Lester Pernell also was charged with an alternate count of kidnapping, custodial interference, and interfering with electronic communications. The domestic violence charge is a misdemeanor. The kidnapping and other charges are felonies.


+4
  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10910 Comments

    An early Christmas present for the little girl and her family !!!!

  • Wolfspirit_max50

    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4950 Comments

    Great job to all agencies involved, Glad to see a Happy ending to this story.

  • 69449_1211356382103_1774586232_374199_4168085_n_1__max50

    gheil

    over 3 years ago

    478 Comments

    Team work at it's best.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Good job in getting the child back and may this POS spend many years behind bars.

  • Police_link_badge_max50

    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    Perfect !!

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50

    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Good news indeed, little girl safe and this lowlife cooling his heels in a jail cell. Good police by all involved.

  • John_groh_max50

    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    I like a story with a happy ending. Glad the child is safe.

  • Img_1050_max50

    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    45868 Comments

    Glad little Amaya is back home safe and sound.

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

3124185-templar_max30
MaxVirtus commented on: "Badgehunter", 10 minutes ago.
3124185-templar_max30
MaxVirtus commented on: "Sue G", 11 minutes ago.
3124185-templar_max30
MaxVirtus commented on: "thegig", 12 minutes ago.