Amber Alert for 4-year-old Akron boy canceled: Child found safe, suspect in custody

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 9:28 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - An Amber Alert for a 4-year-old Akron boy was canceled late Monday night after authorities safely located the child.

Investigators said the boy was initially abducted after his mother was allegedly shot by his father, who was considered “armed and very dangerous” on Sept. 19 in Akron.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, witnessed the shooting and said the suspect had been hanging around the front yard of the victims home for hours before he pulled a gun and fired.

“I went to get my mail and I saw him put down a bag and then he went and pulled the gun and started shooting,” she said.

The witness believed the gunman fired 5 or 6 shots before grabbing the young boy and driving away.

Akron police said the child was brought to Akron detectives unharmed a few hours after the Amber Alert was issued.

Hours later, Akron police said the boy’s father, identified by authorities as 24-year-old Jose Castro, was taken into custody after his Kia Soul with Ohio license plates was seen at a Cleveland gas station near the intersection of West 77th Street and Detroit Avenue at around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Castro was later interviewed by Akron detectives and booked at the Summit County Jail.

Jose Castro booked at Summit County Jail
Jose Castro booked at Summit County Jail(Source: Summit County Jail)

Akron Police said officers were sent to the 1100 block of Tulip Street at approximately 6:50 p.m. on Sept. 19 after getting multiple calls for a woman shot.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the unconscious woman outside with multiple gunshot wounds, according to police.

Police said officers watched footage from a nearby camera that captured Castro grabbing the child and getting into a car registered to the victim before taking off.

The boy’s mother was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital in critical condition after the shooting, according to police.

Castro has a violent history, police reports show that he was arrested, in June, for firing multiple shots following a disturbance involving the victim’s sister, but had made bail on those charges.

This is a developing story.