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Seattle-area Amber Alert resolved outside Cheney; parents taken into police custody

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Law enforcement resolved an Amber Alert issued Tuesday evening after finding the RV shown here in Cheney. (Seattle Police Department)
Law enforcement resolved an Amber Alert issued Tuesday evening after finding the RV shown here in Cheney. (Seattle Police Department)

An Amber Alert issued early Tuesday evening for four children deemed to be in imminent danger from their parents in Seattle was resolved in Cheney just after 7 p.m., according to law enforcement officials.

Children ages 13, 16, 9 and 7 were taken by their parents, Nicholas Antonie, 42, and Crystal Lane Antonie, 38, in a 1992 tan Bounder RV prior to a King County judge ordering that the four children be turned over to Child Protective Services, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Nicholas Antonie reportedly was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and threatened to harm social workers, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Seattle police said he was withholding necessary medication from his children.

WSP said the family possibly was driving north of Seattle or out of state to Tennessee or Ohio.

WSP received several calls from people identifying the RV on Interstate 90 as it entered Spokane County, according to Trooper Jeff Sevigney, a WSP spokesman. The RV exited the interstate onto state Route 904, and a Cheney police officer stopped the car west of the city.

More troopers quickly arrived at the scene and the incident was resolved without injuries, Sevigney said. Both Nicholas Antonie and Crystal Lane Antonie were taken into custody.

Sevigney said he did not know whether weapons were recovered.

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