Virginia boy abducted at gunpoint was found

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An AMBER alert was issued in Virginia for 13-year-old Jaxson D. Moran on November 28. Within hours, his abductor was in police custody facing a range of charges and the boy was found safe.

On Tuesday, News Leader ran a public notice from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department asking the public for help. It explained that the boy had been abducted by his father, Steven Dale Moran, 41 in a “domestic related incident.”

At about 4:14 p.m., the child was taken from his mother at gunpoint. At that point, the boy and his father were last seen in a maroon, 2014 Nissan Titan 4-door pickup truck in Greenville, Virginia.

Although authorities wanted help locating the pair, the sheriff warned the public not to approach the two or attempt to follow the elder Moran.

An email alert from Virginia State Police (VSP) shared the description of the two males and noted “the child is believed to be in extreme danger.”

However, later that night, sometime after 11 p.m., the child was found safe, a tweet the sheriff’s office revealed. A follow-up email alert from VSP noting that the AMBER alert was cancelled revealed that the Nissan pickup was also located.

The elder Moran’s was arrested. The charges against him include abduction by force, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm while under a protective order, brandishing a firearm, violating a protective order armed with a weapon as well as two counts of violating a protective order.

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