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AMBER Alert CANCELED: Suspect shoots grandfather, abducts teen girl from home, police say

UPDATE 7:00 p.m. (EST):

Police in Missouri said they’ve canceled an Amber Alert for a missing 15-year-old Kansas City girl after learning that the teen might not have been abducted.

According to KMBC, police said they believe missing teen Brajaean Sledge is in the company of Anthony King, 18. Despite the alert being canceled, limited details are available regarding Sledge’s disappearance. Police did reveal that Sledge’s grandfather is in serious but stable condition.

“King is a person of interest in several crimes regarding this incident. We are still very concerned for Sledge’s safety, and she is still considered missing and endangered. We are still actively looking for her,” police said in a news release obtained by the news station.

 

ORIGINAL Story: 

The Kansas City Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for 15-year-old Brajaean Sledge, who authorities say disappeared following a shooting Thursday.

Authorities believe the teen may be in danger and said the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. The suspect reportedly arrived at the home of the teen’s grandfather at around 5 p.m., shot him, then abducted Brajaean. The grandfather is said to be in “serious but stable condition.”

Brajaean is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds with black hair. Police said “she was last seen wearing a white V-neck t-shirt and dark pants and her hair is black with blonde weave.”

Authorities said they believe Brajaean could be with a shooting suspect, who’s described as a black man between the ages of 18 and 20. A car involved in the search for the suspect and teen has been recovered, authorities announced via Twitter Friday, adding that they have not yet located Brajean or the alleged criminal.

Kansas City police report that the incident didn’t originally meet the criteria for an Amber Alert as of Thursday evening, but said Friday that new information has led them to broadcast the alert statewide in Missouri and Kansas.

Anyone who believes they have seen a person matching the girl’s description is asked to immediately call 911, or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477.  

“We have many, many department resources actively searching right now all over the city,”  KCPD Sergeant Jake Becchina stated, according to KSN. “We are utilizing every resource that we have to find this vehicle, the suspect, and this missing girl.”

[Feature photo: Brajaean Sledge, courtesy of Kansas City Police Department]