BRAINTREE — A police search for two children who were allegedly abducted Monday afternoon by their father came to an end several hours later when the youths were found safe in Connecticut.
Massachusetts State Police said shortly before midnight that the father, identified by Braintree police as Jon T. Lockwood, 54, and his two children were found Monday night at a 7-Eleven convenience store in South Windsor, Conn.
“The children were safe and unharmed,” State Police said in a statement, adding that Lockwood would be sent back to Massachusetts to face criminal charges.
Braintree police said earlier in the day that Lockwood had kidnapped his 8-year-old son, Patrick, and 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, at about 4:30 p.m. after a struggle with their foster mother.
Lockwood, whose last known address was at a Foxborough hotel, entered the Braintree home and forcibly removed Patrick, and ordered Sarah to accompany them in a vehicle, police said in a statement.
“The foster mother tried fighting off Lockwood, engaging in a tug of war with him for custody of Patrick, but [she] was unsuccessful,” the statement said.
Police formally identified Patrick as My Tri “Patrick” Nguyen and Sarah as Tien Nhu My “Sarah” Nguyen.
An Amber Alert had been issued, Braintree Police Chief Russell Jenkins said.
“Several neighbors heard the commotion [during the altercation] and came outside to investigate, and one neighbor tried unsuccessfully to chase Lockwood down the street,” the statement said.
Jenkins, at press briefing at police headquarters Monday night, said the foster mother was not hurt.
Asked whether she described the children’s demeanor during the alleged kidnapping, Jenkins said, “From reading the report I would say that they were probably a little bit scared. . . . I’m sure the kids know what the [custody] situation is with the father.”
Jenkins said Lockwood had a supervised visit with his children earlier in the day. He said authorities “were aware that this might happen, quite frankly,” though he did not elaborate.
Jenkins said a relative of Lockwood’s has told police that he does not present a threat to his children. Lockwood has a Nevada driver’s license and ties to that state as well as Utah, Jenkins said. He said he did not know if Lockwood has any prior criminal record.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.