Missing Angier girl found safe in Virginia
Posted April 20, 2014
Updated April 21, 2014
Durham, N.C. — 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."