BRAINTREE — A man who lost custody of his two young children in January 2012 in a neglect case and who allegedly abducted them Monday from their foster home here is facing parental kidnapping and other charges.
It remains unclear how Jon T. Lockwood discovered the address of the foster home, but the alleged abduction came a short time after he attended a scheduled supervised visit with his children at a state Department of Children and Families office in Braintree, a meeting that was monitored by police, said DCF spokeswoman Cayenne Isaksen.
Lockwood was apprehended late Monday night near South Windsor, Conn., by Connecticut State Police after a trucker noticed that his license plate matched that of a vehicle sought under an Amber Alert.
Authorities found the children hidden, but unharmed, in the car and also discovered items indicating that Lockwood had planned a long road trip.
Lockwood was staying at a no-frills hotel just south of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough for about a year until he suddenly checked out Sunday night.
On Monday at about 4:30 p.m., after the visit with his 8-year-old son Patrick and 10-year-old daughter Sarah, he arrived at the foster care home, authorities said.
Lockwood allegedly engaged in a brief tug-of-war with the elderly foster mother, who had tried to hide the children. Lockwood then placed his children into his 2005 BMW and sped away, authorities said.
The Amber Alert went out at 9:30 p.m., and two hours later, after a trucker in Connecticut realized he was driving behind the suspect’s car and notified State Police, Lockwood was arrested as he walked out of a convenience store bathroom in South Windsor. The children were found hidden under blankets and pillows in the back seat, authorities said.
“It’s a pretty remarkable success story for Amber Alert,’’ Braintree Police Chief Russell Jenkins said at a press conference Tuesday morning.
Lockwood, 54, was in custody in Connecticut on a fugitive from justice charge and two counts of risk of injury to a child and was held on a million-dollar bond. He is apparently contesting extradition to Massachusetts and it was unclear Tuesday when he might return. Here, he will face parental kidnapping, assault and battery on an elderly person, and breaking and entering charges in Quincy District Court.
Connecticut State Police said the trucker from Pennsylvania made a 911 call and reported seeing the BMW on Interstate 84 westbound near Exit 65 in Vernon. As troopers rushed to the area, the truck driver followed the BMW when Lockwood drove off the interstate at Exit 62 in Manchester.
Troopers spotted the car parked in the lot of a 7-Eleven store located near the intersection of Route 30 and Pleasant Valley Road in South Windsor. Lockwood was arrested without resistance as he left the store’s restroom.
Jenkins said Monday that Lockwood had been living in the Foxborough motel and did not have a permanent Massachusetts address.
Jenkins said the children’s mother is out of the country, but he declined to be more specific.
A DCF statement indicated that the agency took custody of the children in January 2012 through a juvenile care and protection case, after receiving a report alleging neglect of the children by Lockwood.
The children have been in foster care since that time, and Lockwood has seen them through regular visitations. The children remain in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, Isaksen said.
Isaksen said the department is working with local authorities to investigate just how Lockwood came to discover where his children were living.