BURIEN AMBER ALERT CANCELED: Suspect in Custody, Children Safe + Pics
UPDATE 5/22/12 4:45 p.m.: According to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Riley, the suspect in Tuesday afternoon’s Amber Alert, has been taken into custody, and the two children he abducted from the Burien Library are safe.
Police say that Riley, 23, had a loaded gun in the car, along with drug paraphernalia.
West says that the stolen vehicle, a 1994 Lexus, was located using LoJack technology as well as via KCSO’s Guardian One chopper. Reports say that the car was tracked in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood before being found in the Gregory Heights neighborhood near SW 160th and 21st Ave SW.
According to some Tweets West sent out:
“Suspect had loaded gun at feet in car and drug paraphernalia. Children fine! Thanks to Lojak and airsupport for tracking vehicle.”
“Car found SW160/ near 20th!”
And here’s a photo of the recovery scene on SW 160th and 21st SW, just south of St Francis, courtesy Shannon Ribbons:
And during the subsequent media frenzy (interesting how everything wrapped up just before the 5′o’clock news), BTB Contributor Gregory Rehmke managed to capture these images of some of the choppers hovering over Burien:
PREVIOUSLY: The King County Sheriff’s Office released photos of the suspect, two abducted children and stolen Lexus car involved in an Amber Alert at the Burien Library Tuesday afternoon (May 22):
Subject Michael Riley III took his 7-month old and a 2-year old (not his) from Burien Library.
He is violating an order.
Took kids in 94 green Lexus, WA 299UOM.
According to amberalert.com, Riley is described as a 23-year old African-American, 5’10″ tall, with brown eyes and weighing 150lbs.
He has gang affiliation and previous weapons use; however, no weapons were observed at the time of abduction.
The children are also African-American.
Riley is alleged to have abducted his 7-month-old son, Jamier Riley, and his ex-girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, Jermiah Watkins.
Police say he stole his ex-girlfriend’s car while the two children were inside.
To clarify, the 7-month old is related to Riley, while the 2-year old is not.
And according to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office, their Guardian One chopper is still cruising over the Burien area searching for the suspect.
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