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UPDATE: Amber Alert Suspect In Custody After SWAT Standoff

Updated: Saturday, August 9 2014, 06:51 PM CDT

UPDATE: August 9, 12:20 p.m. 

Austin Amber Alert suspect Jesse Thomas has been taken into custody, according to Harris County Sheriff's Office.

According to DPS officials, Jesse Thomas, the suspect in an amber alert out of Austin, was reportedly involved in a stand off with police in the Houston area. 

According to Sgt. John Sampa, troopers located Thomas' vehicle this morning on the southbound frontage road of Highway 249. The road is blocked at Spring Cypress. Police had the suspect cornered in a parking lot of a Petco store. 

He says they were actively negotiating with him. Thomas turned the child over to authorities around 9:30 a.m. and was taken into custody after a brief struggle a shot time later.  Officials would not say if a weapon was involved.

According to Austin Police Detective J.J. Schmidt, Thomas will be charged with Burglary for kicking the door in, DPS will charge him with Endangering a Child and APD will add several other charges related to kidnapping within the next several days.


9:15 p.m. UPDATE: Police say Jesse Thomas is Cheyenne Johnson's biological father, but he was told today that he no longer has parental rights.

He is currently out on bond for the aggravated assault against a peace officer with a deadly weapon. The biological mother is currently incarcerated. And the grandmother had full custody of the child, police say.

Investigators say Thomas went to his mother's home, where Cheyenne was located. She refused to let him in but he went to the back of the house and kicked the door in, and got the child before fleeing the scene.

He was spotted at 5:15 p.m. at a U-Haul Storage facility, located at 1030 E. 46th St. Officers attempted to make contact, but as he saw them approaching he came at the officers with his vehicle and left the scene at a high right of speed, police say.

A short pursuit ensued, but was terminated due to heavy traffic and his erratic driving pattern -- speeds of over 100 mph with the child in the vehicle.

Thomas has a violent history with other felony charges pending right now, police say.

If you see him do not make any contact with him. Call 911 or the homicide tip line at 512-477-3588.

Police say they believe the child is in danger.



Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing child last seen Friday afternoon in South Austin with her father -- but his parental rights have been relinquished and he's considered dangerous.

Investigators say two-year-old Cheyenne Johnson was last seen at 1:54 p.m. in the 1800 block of Anita Drive, just west of South Lamar Boulevard and south of Barton Springs Road.

Cheyenne is described as:

- White female
- 2 1/2 feet tall
- 25 lbs.
- Brown hair
- Brown eyes

The child was last seen wearing a navy blue shirt with flowers on it and navy blue shorts.

She was last seen with 33-year-old Jesse Thomas. He is described as:

- White male
- 6'01" in height
- Approx. 220 lbs.

Thomas was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt and blue jean shorts. He was driving a black 2005 Mercury Marquis four-door with Texas license plate DN3F648. The vehicle has 22 inch silver rims and damage to the rear bumper.

They left the scene northbound on Anita Drive.

Thomas is considered dangerous and should not be approached by the public, Police say.

Anyone who may have information concerning Johnson's or Thomas' whereabouts are asked to call 9-1-1.

(Photos from the Austin Police Department.)

UPDATE: Amber Alert Suspect In Custody After SWAT Standoff

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