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Sampson kidnapping suspect arrested in Durham

A man suspected of abducting his two children and their mother from their Sampson County home was arrested in Durham early Saturday, authorities said.

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Alex Fernado Meza Acosta
DURHAM, N.C. — A man suspected of abducting his two children and their mother from their Sampson County home was arrested in Durham and charged Saturday, authorities said.

Sampson County deputies responded to a report of a kidnapping at 49 Shaun Lane in Clinton shortly before midnight, and a woman there said her sister, Ebelin Barahona, her 9-year-old niece and 4-year-old nephew had been abducted by force.

Investigators identified the suspected abductor as Barahona's former boyfriend, Alex Fernado Meza Acosta, and asked Durham police to check his home.

When police arrived at 1105-B South Alston Ave. at about 5:20 a.m., Acosta surrendered without incident.

Authorities said Barahona suffered minor injuries, but the children were unharmed.

Deputies took Acosta back to Clinton. He was charged with three counts of kidnapping and one count of violation of a domestic violence protective order. 

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