2-year-old Girl Safe After Standoff, Amber Alert Canceled

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AUSTIN - Saturday 10:15 a.m
UPDATE (KHOU): A standoff involving a man who allegedly abducted an Austin girl came to a peaceful end near Houston early Saturday.

The little girl was still with the suspect as negotiators spoke with him for more than an hour.

According to the Austin Police Department, 33-year-old Jesse Thomas abducted 2-year-old Cheyenne Johnson late Friday. The suspect fled in a black Mercury sedan and was not heard from again until he was spotted northwest of Houston.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office blocked off a shopping center parking lot along Highway 249. The highway's southbound frontage road was also blocked at Spring Cypress during the negotiation.

Deputies with shields approached the suspect's vehicle and spoke with him for more than an hour before the standoff ended. The girl did not appear to be harmed.

Both the girl and the suspect were placed in ambulances to get checked out.

Friday 10:33 p.m
An Amber Alert has been issued for a 2-year-old girl.

Austin police Cheyene Infinity Johnson was taken by her father, Jesse Thomas, who no longer has parental rights.

According to KXAN, police say Thomas showed up at his mother’s house Friday and she refused to let him in. So, he went around to the back of the house, kicked in the door and took the child.

Thomas later led police on a short chase that reached over 100 miles per hour with the girl inside his car.

Johnson is believed to be in immediate danger. She's 2'6" tall and weighs 25 pounds. She has brown hair/eyes and was last seen wearing a blue shirt/shorts.

Thomas is 33-years-old, 6'1", 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt with blue jean shorts.

He is driving a black, 2005 Mercury Marquis with a Texas license plate DN3F648. It has 22" silver rims and damage to the rear bumper.

If you see either of them or the car, call 911 or Austin Police at 512-297-0825.

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