A 5-year-old boy, allegedly taken from his grandmother's home in Lincoln, has been found safe and well. His estranged father has been arrested.
A child who was allegedly kidnapped by his father has been found, along with two other children, in a hotel room in Mount Laurel, N.J. The boy's father and an unidentified woman were arrested, said David W. Thomas, U.S. Marshal for the District of Delaware.
The boy, Zion Duprey, 5, was taken from his grandmother's home June 27.
U.S. Marshals, Delaware State Police and Mount Laurel Police found Zion and his father, Angel Duprey, at a hotel in Mount Laurel June 30. The marshals had received a tip Duprey was at the hotel, and, along with Mount Laurel officers, raided the hotel at 1:30 a.m. that day. Duprey and the woman were allegedly using illegal drugs at the time of their arrest, Thomas said. Zion and two other children were asleep, he added.
Angel Duprey and the woman were arrested on drug charges by the Mount Laurel Police, while Duprey was arrested on charges of interfering with custody and being a fugitive. He has been jailed in Burlington County, N.J.
Zion was returned to his grandmother's home, while the other two children were placed in the custody of the New Jersey Division of Family Services.
Delaware State Police on June 27 issued an amber alert for a missing 5-year-old boy, but later retracted it when the car he was believed to have been taken in was located.The boy, Zion Duprey, was still missing as of 9:21 p.m. June 27. Zion is believed to have been abducted at 12:28 p.m. June 27, from the home of his grandmother in Lincoln. The boy’s father, identified as Angel D. Duprey, 30, of Philadelphia, is thought to have taken the boy, said police spokesman Lt. Melissa Zebley. Angel Duprey is 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, and has brown hair and tattoos around his neck. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans and no shirt. Duprey’s car was located later in the day on Route 1 in the Odessa area. Neither he nor the boy were in the car, Zebley said. Zion Duprey stand 2 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 25 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing blue jean shorts to the knees and a blue shirt with white designs. According to police reports, Duprey drove to the 8300 block of Collet Lane in Lincoln, where his three children were living with their mother and their grandmother, Zebley said. Duprey entered the unlocked front door without notice and walked to the rear of the home where the grandmother and four children, three of whom are his, were located. The suspect grabbed Zion, surprising the grandmother. The grandmother tried to take Zion back, but Duprey swung at her with back of his hand, missing her. He then left the home with Zion, Zebley said The grandmother tried unsuccessfully to retrieve the boy all the way out of the house and to the car, but the Duprey was able to flee from the home with him on his lap in the front seat. Duprey has an active protection from abuse order, issued on June 19, 2009 from Pennsylvania, which prohibits him from contact with his girlfriend or their three children. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact investigators at Troop 4 at 302-856-5850, or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.