California man accused of abducting son arrested in Arizona

April 24, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A California man accused of abducting his young son and taking him to northwestern Arizona has been arrested, authorities said Thursday.

U.S. Marshals Service officials said 37-year-old Dustin Messner was taken into custody Wednesday at a home in Golden Valley.

They said Messner abducted his 8-year-old son from Stockton, California, on April 5.

Authorities said Messner made numerous comments and posts to his social media accounts that he wouldn’t be returning his son and threatened any law enforcement agency that would try to take him.

Marshals Service officials said the boy was reunited with his mother Thursday and Messner was transported to a Mohave County jail while he awaits extradition to California’s San Joaquin County.


It’s unclear if Messner has a lawyer yet for his case.