DETROIT (AP) — A 45-year-old man suspected in the abduction of a 13-year-old boy who was snatched outside a Detroit neighborhood market has been arrested in Ohio, police said Thursday.
Michigan State Police Lt. Calvin Hart confirmed the arrest of Gregory Walker of Detroit, but didn’t have details about exactly when and where he was found. A news conference with police is planned for Thursday morning.
Investigators cordoned off a crime scene on Detroit’s east side.
Deontae Mitchell’s cousin told police they were riding bicycles Tuesday night when they saw an apparently drunken man drop money while urinating outside the market. The cousin said Deontae picked up the money and they rode away.
Surveillance video shows Deontae being pursued by a man police believe to be Walker, who grabbed the boy by his arm and forced him into a car.
An Amber Alert was issued for the boy Wednesday morning and police released still photos taken from the video. On Wednesday night, police said tips from the public led them to identify Walker as the suspect in the case.
“It may be over money. It may not be over money,” Detroit police Chief James Craig said Wednesday. “Certainly … no reason to abduct a 13-year-old.”
When they announced the identity of the suspect, Detroit police said in a statement that he should be considered armed and dangerous.
The Associated Press sent emails seeking information from a Detroit police spokesman.