LEBANON, Va. – A Russell County, Va., man is being held without bond on child abuse and abduction charges following an AMBER Alert activation for his son.
Jimmy D. Guinn, 67, is being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon, Va., on one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of child abduction.
On Wednesday (March 19, 2014) Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn, 11, of Russell County,Va., left school on his own accord. When no one was able to locate him Thursday, the Russell County Sheriff’s Office began investigating his disappearance. Further investigation led the sheriff’s office to confirm Lucas was with his father, Jimmy D. Guinn, and believed to be in imminent danger.
Thursday, the Russell County Sheriff’s Office then requested the Virginia State Police to activate a Virginia AMBER Alert to find Lucas. Within minutes of the activation, calls and tips began coming in to the sheriff’s office and state police about possible sightings of the suspect vehicle, a tractor-trailer with a purple cab and the words “Snowbird Trucking”on the side of the trailer.
During the course of the investigation, Russell County investigators have determined that Lucas had been taken to Michigan and traveled back through West Virginia since his initial disappearance.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Friday (March 21, 2014), a tip was called in about the tractor-trailer being seen on Interstate 81 in Washington County, Va. A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped the tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-81 near the 10 milemarker and safely recovered Lucas. His father was taken into custody without incident.
The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending. During the course of the search and investigation, the Russell County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Michigan State Police, City of Detroit, Mich. Police, West Virginia State Police, FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.
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