Amber Alert Cancelled After Police Nab Accused Kidnapper in West Memphis
(West Memphis, AR) – An amber alert for a missing two-year-old was canceled after police track down her alleged kidnapper in Arkansas.
The child was taken from Sandy Springs, GA Friday morning from her mother.
“I don’t trust him. He’s not a fit person for me to be around for my daughter to be around,” Sorrelle Torrez’s mother said her child’s father.
She was too afraid to go reveal her name, but says she was dropping off her two-year-old at a babysitters Friday morning when the child’s father Zeb Lockette came up and tried to kidnap both of them.
She got away, but Sorrelle was in the car.
“She`s in the car seat. She`s awake. She`s crying. She’s scared,” she said.
An amber alert was issued and after 6 scary hours a tip led to Lockette’s arrest in West Memphis.
News Channel 3 caught up with the Arkansas State Police right after they pulled over his black Range Rover on the I-55 ramp near Southland Park.
Police searched his car and found 2 year old Sorrelle safe.
She was placed in state custody, while her father went to jail.
Luis Abalos watched it all unfold from his car.
“When they started coming a lot more cars more cops I said man this is not like a regular ticket you know like a speed limit ticket or something like that. I said man something else happened with this guy,” he said.
Just as saw police surrounded the Range Rover, he says the amber alert on his phone went off.
“I said I think this is the car the truck they are looking for,” he said.
He says this proves amber alerts work.
“I’m very happy they do that,” he said.
This time it brought a peaceful end to a very tense day.
Lockette is charged with kidnapping and aggravated stalking. The stalking charge was filed because the mother got a protective order against him earlier in the week.