Early Monday morning, the Akron Police Department issued a statewide Amber Alert for a 4-year-old boy who was believed to have been taken by his father, Jose Castro. The child was found safe later that night and Castro has not yet been apprehended.
Police say that Castro is believed to be armed and dangerous after he shot a 24-year-old woman. They are asking for the public’s help in locating him.
Story Behind the Incident
On Monday night, police responded to reports of a shooting in south Akron. When they arrived on the scene, they found an unconscious woman who had been shot multiple times. Witnesses told police that the suspected shooter, a man, had grabbed the woman’s young son and fled the scene before authorities arrived.
Police say that surveillance footage shows the man grabbing the child and getting into his car before driving away. The woman was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, where she is currently in critical condition. The identities of the woman and her son have not been released.
Authorities are currently searching for Jose Castro, who is wanted on suspicion of felony assault and kidnapping. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately.
This tragic story is still unfolding, but we will continue to update you as new information becomes available.