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Virginia Amber Alert leads to to Johnston arrests

Posted July 16

— Police said Wednesday that they have charged five people after a 15-year-old boy was allegedly taken from a foster home in Virginia and hidden in homes in Benson.

The Pittsylvania County (Va.) Sheriff's Department called Benson police early Sunday regarding an Amber Alert issued in Virginia after a boy had been abducted from a foster home. Virginia authorities believed the boy's mother and her boyfriend had taken the teen to Benson.

Benson police officers went to a home on North Railroad Street, where they found the teen and arrested Denise Michelle Shaver and Kevin Parrish on charges of kidnapping.

Shaver and Parrish were taken to the Johnston County jail in Smithfield to await extradition, and the teen was taken to the Benson Police Department to be turned over to Virginia authorities.

The boy slipped out of the police station, however, and he wasn't found until Tuesday, police said.

An investigation determined that three Benson residents helped the teen hide out, even cutting his hair to change his appearance, even after they knew police were looking for him.

Anna Murray King, 49, Richard Clay King, 29, and Bryan Allan King, 18, all of 105 E. Hill St., were charged Tuesday with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and resist, delay or obstruct an officer.

The teen was turned over to Virginia authorities on Tuesday.

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