Successful Amber Alert helps find four children
Last updated 12/18/2019 at 12:49pm
Tuesday, Dec. 10 -- An Amber Alert was broadcasted for four children deemed to be in imminent danger from their parents in Seattle. After an eventful day and many 911 calls, the vehicle was finally located in Cheney, WA at 7 p.m. that same night and the children were safely recovered.
Nicholas and Crystal Lane Antonie had abducted their children, ages 7-16, after the parents failed to turn them over to Child Protective Services. Instead, they drove off from their West Seattle home in a 1992 motorhome.
Nicholas Antonie was reportedly armed with an AR-15-style rifle and threatened to harm social workers. Seattle police said they were withholding necessary medication from the children.
Dispatch in Mukilteo received various police reports for residents regarding possible sightings of the RV. One caller reported seeing an RV that matched the description of the vehicle at the intersection of Mukilteo Speedway and Beverly Park Road. Officers checked the area and notified Washington State Patrol and the ferry terminal, according to police reports.
Another caller reported a possible sighting of the RV at the intersection of Mukilteo Speedway and Harbour Pointe Boulevard. Reports said a similar looking RV was located at the Extended Stay.
The two parents were released at the end of the Amber Alert incident in Cheney and the children were taken into custody. Nicholas Antonie was not done there.
He was arrested again Wednesday morning after harassing and threatening his mother, sister, and a roommate in anger about the previous day’s incident. He blamed them for taking away his kids.
Antoine has a history of mental issues and had instances of violence in his past, police said. His family had a valid court protection order that was to prevent him from contacting them.
He spent most of the early morning Wednesday driving around Washington in the same vehicle. He was spotted in Ellensburg and later seen in North Bend. Antonie was eventually placed under arrest and brought back to the King County Jail in Seattle for three counts of felony harassment.