An AMBER Alert in Houston has been canceled after a Texas man reportedly admitted he made the story up, according to reports.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Texas officials issued an AMBER Alert Thursday after two unknown suspects allegedly stole a vehicle in Houston with a 6-month-old baby inside.
According to Click 2 Houston, the incident happened at around 4:51 a.m. at a north Houston Mobil gas station, located at 22523 Imperial Valley.
The child’s father said he went into the store to get coffee, leaving his son inside his SUV. When returned, the vehicle and baby were gone, or at least that’s what he told police, the outlet reports.
“It was a hoax,” law enforcement sources reportedly said adding that the father made the story up in an attempt to get police to act faster.
No charges have been filed against the father yet, but he could possibly face a charge of filing a false report.
Texas officials issued an AMBER Alert Thursday after two unknown suspects stole a vehicle in Houston with a 6-month-old baby inside.
According to Click 2 Houston, the incident happened at around 4:51 a.m. at a north Houston Mobil gas station, located at 22523 Imperial Valley. The child’s mother went into the store to get coffee, leaving her son, Noah Gray, inside a red Kia Optima. When she returned, the vehicle was missing.
Police said two men jumped into the vehicle and fled with the infant in the backseat. Deputies added that Noah was last seen wearing a blue and red onesie, and white socks.
One of the two suspects has been described as a Black male wearing a camouflage hooded sweatshirt and dark grey jogging pants.
The stolen vehicle has been located, according to Harris County officials, but Noah wasn’t inside and has not been found.
“Help us bring this beautiful baby home,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted.
Update: vehicle has been located at the 16400 blk of Eton Brook Ln, but the infant remains unaccounted for. Appreciate the assist by our partners at Pct 4 Constables Office in locating vehicle. We need our community’s assistance in locating this infant. Call us at 713-221-6000. https://t.co/tNsTFXI9Ev
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 8, 2022
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at (713) 221-6000.
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