Police no longer seeking dad
Update, 7:30 p.m.:
Police in Prince George's County say they are no longer seeking the man thought to have taken his own child at gunpoint as a suspect. Investigators are continuing to probe the circumstances of the Monday night abduction.
Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a department spokesman, said officers no longer consider 24-year-old Cornell Antonio Bennett an abduction suspect, though they still have not located him or his one-year-old son. The child's mother has alleged that Bennett took the boy at gunpoint from a home on Brightseat Road in the Landover area Monday night, authorities have said.
Rodriguez said both Bennett and the woman have legal custody of the child. He said investigators feel "the child is okay," though they are continuing to investigate the case "on all angles."
In a news release, police said, "Mr. Bennett is NOT considered an abduction suspect and is no longer wanted by police." Rodriguez declined to say publicly why police were no longer actively searching for Bennett in connection with the abduction.
Police in Prince George’s County are searching for a man who took his one-year-old son from the child’s mother at gunpoint last night in the Landover area, authorities said.
Cornell Antonio Bennett, 24, of Northeast D.C., is wanted on a first-degree assault warrant, said Officer Evan Baxter, a police spokesman.
Just after 9 p.m. Monday night, Baxter said, Bennett forced his way into a home in the 3000 block of Brightseat Road and took his son, Jo'Ell Jackson, at gunpoint.
Baxter said Bennett and the child’s mother have equal custody of Jo’Ell, but authorities believe the boy may be in danger because of the “erratic and unstable manner” in which Bennett took him.
Anyone with information on Bennett's whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 301-772-4910 or anonymously to the Crime Solvers Tip Line at 1-866-411-TIPS.
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