MONROE — UPDATE @ 3:10 a.m. (March 17)
Jennifer Hemchak, 35, and Tamara Montalvo, 37, were arrested in connection to the abduction of a 4-year-old boy in Sandusky that prompted a statewide Amber Alert Friday night.
The women are currently in custody in Warren County Jail.
Hamchak is the non-custodial parent of the boy, who was found safe.
A vigilant motorist helped authorities find a 4-year-old boy Friday night who was abducted Friday afternoon in Sandusky and was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert.
Police there said Jennifer Hemchak forcibly removed Q’Duai Hemchak from a car and sped away with him in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plates.
Shortly after a statewide Amber Alert was issued tonight that described the vehicle, plate number and provided photos of the Hemchaks to mobile phones, a 911 caller reported spotting a car that matched the description on southbound Interstate 75. Troopers pulled over that car in Monroe in Warren County.
“If it wasn’t for the fact that the caller, regular citizen with a cellphone, called in, we probably wouldn’t have been able to locate that car, if not as quick or at all, if we hadn’t had that help from that citizen,” Sgt. Tom Bloomberg of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.
Jennifer Hemchak was arrested after she was found at 8:30 p.m. riding in the car. Another woman was driving the car, and she, too, was arrested.
Hemchak’s 12-year-old daughter also was in the car and was taken to the Lebanon Post to be reunited with her father, troopers said.
As for D’Quai, he was taken to Erie County Children Services and his father has been notified, according to the highway patrol.
An Amber Alert is in effect across Ohio after a 4-year-old boy was abducted Friday afternoon in Sandusky.
D’Quai Hemchak was “forcibly removed from a vehicle by Jennifer Ann Hemchak, a non-custodial parent.” The suspect then sped away in her car heading east, and the young boy is believed to be in “imminent danger.”
They are believed to be riding in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plate IWU-M23 and police say she could be headed to Florida.
D’Qai is described as 3 feet tall, weighing 30 to 35 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.