Abducted 1-year-old boy found safe, child’s father arrested, Person County Sheriff’s Office says

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Gabriel Newman (Person County Sheriff’s Office photo)

ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A 1-year-old abducted from Person County on Thursday has been found safe and the suspect, the boy’s father, is in custody, the sheriff’s office said.

The Person County Sheriff’s Office said the abductor was believed to be Gregory Wendell Newman. The two were said to be traveling north on Highway 57 toward Danville, Virginia in a VW Passat.

U.S. Marshals helped locate the child Friday morning. The child is safe.


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An Amber Alert was issued Thursday night for a 1-year-old abducted from Person County.

The Person County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 1-year-old Gabriel Newman. The child has black hair and brown eyes. He is about 2-foot-6 and weighs around 21 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black and white Nike outfit with shorts with a black and white Nike logo, the alert said.

The abductor is believed to be Gregory Wendell Newman. He is about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. He has black dreadlocks and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a dollar sign over his right eye, the words “love and hate” tattooed over his hands, and a tattoo of the letter “G” on his right arm. he was last seen wearing a white shirt with flames on it and light-colored jeans with patches. He also had on a scarf covering his hair, the alert said.

Authorities believe they’re driving north on N.C. 97 toward Danville, Virginia. They’re in a black Volkswagen Passat with North Carolina tags TDL8320.

Anyone with information should call 911.

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