Amber alert for missing Akron boy canceled; suspect in custody

Jose Castro booked at Summit County Jail
Jose Castro booked at Summit County Jail(Source: Summit County Jail)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 9:47 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX/WOIO) - An Amber Alert has been canceled for a 4-year-old Akron boy with an “armed and dangerous suspect.”

Police say the boy is unharmed. He was returned to detectives sometime after 10 p.m. The circumstances of his return remain unclear.

Police responded around 6:50 p.m. Monday after reports of shots fired and a woman being shot, according to the Akron Police Department. Officers found the woman unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds.

EMS treated the woman. Meanwhile, witnesses told officers that after the shooting, the boy’s father, 24-year-old Jose Castro, took the boy and fled in the vehicle.

Officers reviewed surveillance footage that showed the father grab the child, get into the car and flee, police say.

The woman was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital in critical condition.

Akron police said Castro was taken into custody after his Kia Soul with Ohio license plates was seen at a Cleveland gas station around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

He was interviewed by Akron detectives and booked into the Summit County Jail.

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