3-year-old found safe in Canada after being taken by father

3:24 PM, May 26, 2013   |    comments
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(KUSA) - Police say 3-year-old Luke Turner is safe after his father allegedly attacked his estranged wife and fled Saturday morning in Longmont, Colorado.

Monty Ray Turner, 51, is in custody. According to Longmont Police, the child was found in Manitoba, Canada.

"My son got out of his chair and his table and was yelling to him to please don't hurt my mommy," Brandy Turner said.

At 10:07 a.m., police say Monty Ray Turner broke into his estranged wife's Longmont home on the 700 block of Eldora Place, physically assaulted her, sprayed her with pepper spray and used a stun gun on her.

"I'm sure Luke has pepper spray all over him. He's probably scared to death," Brandy Turner said.

He then took their 3-year-old son, Luke Turner. Both were last seen riding away on a bicycle with a kids seat. 

"He definitely had a plan," Brandy Turner said. "He had the pepper spray. He had the Taser. He had a bike with a baby seat on it. It appears that he had somebody waiting with a vehicle."

The bike was last seen heading eastbound on Mt. View Avenue from Independence Drive on Saturday. Police believe Turner may have parked a vehicle nearby, ditched the bike and fled.

Saturday afternoon authorities said they've found the truck they were looking for, but did not find Luke Turner and his dad Monty.

They assumed they had switched cars.

Monty's father, Ronald Tuner, was arrested as an accessory when he was found driving the white Chrysler police were looking for overnight.

Turner has a protection order prohibiting contact with Luke's mother and his son. Police were concerned for the child's welfare and had issued an Amber Alert.

Monty currently has an arrest warrant for failure to comply with a $50,000 bond and will be facing additional charges related to the kidnapping, burglary and assault.

"Part of me is afraid yeah, that he could hurt him just from everything that he has done, but I would hate to think that way," Brandy Turner said. "He's got to be somewhere. Somebody's got to be seeing him, there's a lot of traffic this weekend."

The boy was taken by his father before. In March, the Washington County Sheriff's Office located the missing father and son who had last been seen July 2, 2012 in Longmont, Colorado.

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