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Man accused of abducting 3 kids, causing Amber Alert arrested in Cleveland

April 26, 2018 GMT

Man accused of abducting 3 kids, causing Amber Alert arrested in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 34-year-old man who abducted his children in Athens after a domestic dispute was arrested late Wednesday in Cleveland, officials said.

Neil Perin was arrested about 11:30 p.m. at an apartment building in the the 2600 block of North Moreland Boulevard in the Shaker Square neighborhood, according to U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott.

Perin’s three children — ages 4, 2 and 6 months— were found inside the apartment, Elliott said. They are being checked by emergency medics at the scene, but appear to be unharmed, Elliott said.

Elliott said his officers tracked Perin down to the apartment building. Perin told investigators he knew they were in the area and put on a hat in order to conceal his identity, Elliott said.

Elliott said they arrested Perin as he tried to elude capture, leaving his three children alone inside the apartment. The 6-month-old was lying facedown when officers found him, Elliott said.

Police have been searching for Perin and his three children since 9 a.m. Wednesday, when a domestic dispute broke out at the children’s home on East State Street in Athens, officials said.

Perin has a history of violence and the statewide alert was sent out about 8 p.m.  

Perin is charged with abduction and domestic violence in Athens Municipal Court. He was convicted of domestic violence on March 6, court records show.