Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 22, 2014

Russell youth abducted by father rescued

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

LEBANON, Va. — The Amber Alert that was issued Thursday afternoon for 11-year-old Lucas Guinn was lifted on Friday morning after the young man was found safe, according to the lead investigator working the case.

“It was a long night, but a good night because we were able to find the boy,” Investigator William Puckett, of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, said. “At about 8 a.m. (Friday) morning, an observant Washington County resident spotted the Freightliner truck that the boy was in. The resident contacted Washington County sheriff’s deputies who were able to stop the vehicle.

According to information in a press release issued by Russell County Sheriff Steve Dye, investigators learned that the boy had been taken to Michigan and traveled back through West Virginia on the way back to Southwest Virginia. The citizen spotted the Guinn tractor-trailer on I-81 and a Washington County sheriff’s deputy stopped the tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-81 near the 10-mile marker.

“He’s in good shape,” Puckett said of Lucas Guinn who was last seen Thursday at Lebanon Middle School. Puckett said that Guinn was going to have a medical examination Friday afternoon. The 11-year-old was the subject of an Amber Alert that was in place until Friday morning.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jimmy Guinn, the boy’s father, without incident. “He will be charged with one count of felony child abuse and one count of parental abduction.” Puckett said the incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

“We need to express our appreciation to the Virginia State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Bristol FBI, U.S. Marshals, Michigan State Police, Detroit City Police and the West Virginia State Police,” Puckett said.

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