COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Bond was set at $625,000 Monday for the man accused of abducting three young children as he stole a vehicle over weekend, prompting authorities to issue an Amber Alert.
Howard Mullis, 33, of Cleves pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and theft charges during a brief hearing at the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Authorities say he stole an SUV left parked with the children inside alone outside Pit Stop convenience store off West Galbraith Road in Colerain Township.
Mullis sped off, passing other vehicles left of center to flee, court records show.
The SUV was spotted a short time later in the parking lot of the Walmart store on Colerain Avenue.
Officers found the children shortly before 5 p.m. at America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses on Colerain Avenue near the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway.
Mullis ran off, but police apprehended him in a wooded area nearby about 5:30 p.m
Officers say he confessed once they took him to Colerain Township police headquarters.
The case goes to a Hamilton County grand jury for possible indictment on March 13.