GALLUP, NEW MEXICO — The man alleged to have kidnapped two young boys from Wheatfields Lake Saturday was located by New Mexico State Police and the FBI Monday, but no charges have been filed pending further investigation, according to an FBI press release.
Vivian Randolph, the mother of the boys and the girlfriend of the alleged kidnapper, said FBI agents informed her they had interviewed suspect Clinton Johnson, 26, and released him.
The press release does not state whether Johnson is in custody.
Kerwin Gray, 7, and his brother, Lyric Gray, 5
Navajo Police Officer Garrett Thomas of the Crownpoint Police District said Lyric Gray, 5, and his brother, Kerwin Gray, 7, were found in an abandoned white Oldsmobile Alero off of Red Beard Road, about 10 miles west of here Sunday afternoon. The children are in the custody of Navajo Nation Social Services.
Randolph had told police Johnson had driven off with the children.
She says she fears for herself and her family since Johnson is not custody.
“How am I supposed to make sure my family, myself, my kids are going to be safe?” she said. “If he was captured … why didn’t they call me? They have my information on how to get a hold of me.
“So who releases a person that kidnaps another father’s children?” Randolph continued during an interview with the Navajo Times.
An Amber Alert for the boys was issued by Utah around 1 a.m. Sunday. Around 10 a.m. an Amber Alert was issued in New Mexico.
Navajo Nation Police Chinle District is leading the investigation.
Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.