2-month-old boy safely returned

May 15, 2008 10:05:09 PM PDT
Authorities are searching for the man who abducted a 2-month-old boy.

Police say 31-year-old Alex Locklear kidnapped 2-month-old Zaccheus Clark, when he car jacked the child's aunt, Shaniqua Moore, outside a Kangaroo Citgo station on West Third Street Thursday.

The Pembroke Police Department issued an Amber alert for the 2-month-old around 5:30 p.m. following the incident.

Moore was inside the convenience store while a family friend, Alvner Strong, was in the back seat of a Gold 2005 Suzuki Forenza with the boy, when Locklear got into the vehicle and ordered the woman out of the car. He then got into the vehicle and sped off toward Normal Street.

"I opened the door, and I was screaming and I had one foot out the door and was trying to get the baby out and I didn't have time cause he just started driving off," Strong said.

Moore says she had a bad feeling about the guy standing outside the convenience store.

"I thought he was a little weird. I said let me lock my door, but I wasn't thinking at the time my car doesn't lock from the inside," Moore said.

Locklear later abandoned the vehicle, leaving the boy inside the car unharmed. Sgt. Maynor with the Pembroke Police Department cancelled the Amber alert shortly before 7 p.m.

Tiffany Downing, Moore's sister and Clark's other aunt --who has custody of him-- says it was a moment of sheer joy when she got her two month old nephew back in her arms.

"I was terrified; I just kept praying God would bring him back safely," she said.

Authorities believe they chased Locklear into a swamp north of Maxton. They are warning residents in the area to be on the alert.

Locklear is described a 31-year-old Native American approximately 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 185 pounds. He has short black hair. Locklear was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.


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