Exclusive: Abducted Child Found, Kidnapper Claimed Boy Was Son
Washington DC (WUSA) -- The woman who allegedly kidnapped five-year-old Kamron Wells from a Lincolnia grocery store Sunday told the boy he looked like her son and then walked off with him, according to Charles Williams, Kamron's grandfather. Williams tells 9 NEWS NOW that Kamron is safe and back with his family, and police say the woman who abducted him is under arrest.
The F.B.I., along with police in both Fairfax county and the District, are investigating the kidnapping, which touched off an amber alert and a twelve-hour search with helicopters and even bloodhounds. A surveillance video picture of Kamron and the woman was released by Fairfax police hoping to find the boy, and police credit that, along with the Amber Alert with having yielded useful information that helped investigators close the case.
Monday afternoon police and F.B.I. officials held a joint news briefing to discuss the investigation. The suspect was identified as Falah Octavia Joe, of Falls Church, Va. Even as law enforcement released details of the case at the press conference at the FBI's Washington Field Office in Northwest Washington, other police investigators were executing a search at the woman's home address. Falah Joe remains in custody and was scheduled for an initial court appearance in D.C. Superior Court Monday afternoon.
According to witnesses, the woman traveled almost twelve miles to a home on 9th Street in Northwest D.C. She went there with a male acquaintance after claiming Kamron was her son. Witnesses say she made the same claim to the home's resident.
Sunday evening, according to police sources, while the three adults and Kamron watched TV, an amber alert was broadcast and the men became suspicious. They asked the woman about Kamron. She again claimed Kamron was her son something the boy vehemently denied. At that point, the men contacted the police.
9NEWS NOW was on the scene at 9th and Hamilton Streets NW, shortly after 1:00 AM, and saw Wells sitting in the front seat of a marked DC police cruiser. A police officer talked and played with the boy as other officers tried to sort out the details of the abduction.
According to DC police sources, a lieutenant was flagged down at the intersection by two men who reported that a woman had the child from Virginia whose picture had been on TV. The police lieutenant was able to safely get the boy and arrest the woman.
A 9NEWS NOW crew saw the woman detained in the back of a police car. Police believe she met the description of the woman seen in surveillance video holding the boy's hand and walking in front of an ice cream shop in the Plaza at Landmark located at Little River Turnpike (Route 236) at Beauregard Street.
Around 2:00 AM, DC Police took the child back to that shopping center where he was reunited with his mother inside a police command bus. Charles William, the boy's grandfather, says he heard that Kamron had been found minutes after he finished saying a prayer for his grandson's safe return. A Fairfax County police spokesperson confirmed that the boy was in good shape and was found safely in DC.
Police say Kamron Wells wandered away from his grandfather around 11:00 AM Sunday at the Shoppers Food Warehouse in the shopping center. Charles Williams says he turned around and his grandson was gone "in a matter of minutes." He says the boy was taken by the woman from the store.
Exclusive: Abducted Child Found, Kidnapper Claimed Boy Was Son | WUSA9.com | Washington, DC |
Thank goodness this little boy was found and okay. I was watching Dexter when the Amber Alert when on the TV and was praying that he would be safe. When I woke up the next morning, the news said he was back with his family.
What a crazy bitch and thank God for Amber Alerts.
And a follow up:
Joe is a former exotic dancer who was convicted for stabbing a U.S. Marshal with scissors in court during a 2003 sentencing hearing for her boyfriend Melvin Brown, who was found guilty of murder.
Kidnapping Suspect's History Includes Conviction For Courtroom Stabbing | WUSA9.com | Washington, DC |
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