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Missing Angier girl found safe in Virginia

Posted April 20
Updated April 21

— A 10-month-old Angier girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert on Saturday has been found safe, Durham police said Sunday.

Tamiyah Elssy Bryant was found with her father, Rodney Bryant, in Emporia, Va., which is about 100 miles north of Raleigh along Interstate 95. Police said a customer at a McDonald's recognized Bryant's white Suzuki XL7 in the parking lot and called 911. Emporia officers took him into custody without incident.

State authorities issued the alert Saturday afternoon, saying they believed Robert Bryant, 26, abducted Tamiyah after arguing with the girl’s mother.

According to police, the incident started at the couple's home in Angier. Bryant drove the mother, Elssy Olivares, to work at an IHOP restaurant in Garner. When she tried to get out of the car, he forcefully held her and eventually made her get out on the side of Interstate 40 in Durham.

Police said Bryant threatened to kill himself and the child.

Garner police issued arrest warrants Saturday charging Bryant with first-degree kidnapping, assault on a female and communicating threats.

Bryant was being held without bond at Southside Regional Jail in Emporia. Durham police said he will be transported back to North Carolina to face charges. The Wake County Sheriff's Office will handle transportation. Bryant will not be extradited until at least Monday, said Lt. Chris Clayton with Garner police.

Durham police were taking Olivares to Emporia on Sunday afternoon so she could reunite with Tamiyah and get the Suzuki.

"Thanks to all the hard work (of) everyone involved and the citizen who made the phone call," Durham police said in a statement. "This is a happy Easter for this family."

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  • BeKind Apr 21, 9:17 a.m.

    Am wondering how this is a kidnapping charge if he is the Father of the child? Maybe there was a court order in place? Glad the child is safe now.

  • ajt81 Apr 21, 9:25 a.m.

    The kidnapping charge could be for the mother since he forcibly held her in the vehicle before making her get out on the side of the highway?

  • lasm Apr 21, 9:52 a.m.

    Am wondering how this is a kidnapping charge if he is the Father of the child? Maybe there was... View More

    — Posted by BeKind

    He kidnapped the mother until he let her out on I-40 in Durham (it started in Garner).
    Also, if mother had legal custody, then I believe his taking the child constituted kidnapping.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 21, 10:35 a.m.

    Very confusing police participation. The incident started in Angier, NC where they live. That's Harnett County. The crime was committed in Wake County. I understand Wake County Sheriffs transporting the prisoner back to NC. But why was the Durham Police Dept used to transport the woman to VA to pickup her daughter? Durham didn't have any involvement in this incident, at least from the article.

  • sophiemom Apr 21, 10:44 a.m.

    It would be kidnapping if the mother has custody or he took the child with no custody arrangement . . . many ways this would be kidnapping, and it gets messier since he took the child to another state. Anyway, I am glad that everyone, even the father, is okay. And kudos to the observant person who spotted the Suzuki and called 911.

  • lasm Apr 21, 11:23 a.m.

    Very confusing police participation. The incident started in Angier, NC where they live. That's... View More

    — Posted by DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    And your point? What does it matter WHO, as long as it was taken care of........would you care which PD drove you to your child if it was your child that was taken?

  • simplelogic Apr 21, 11:40 a.m.

    That was one very observant McDonald's customer - kudos to them for calling 911. This could have ended very differently otherwise.

  • puzzled Apr 21, 12:11 p.m.

    Is this one of those - mama won't let daddy see child? Women/men having children now is a troublesome mess. Still good homes/families but way way too many that are not and this is contributing to the no good adults they turn out to be.