San Antonio man arrested on child custody charges

Published 1:35 pm Thursday, February 4, 2021

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A San Antonio, Texas man was arrested today in Gulfport, Miss. for Alabama child custody charges, according to the Atmore Police Department.

Chief Chuck Brooks said in a release that Bruice Jyrome Jonson, 58, of San Antonio, faces charges for interference with child custody.

Brooks said at approximately 9:38 a.m., the APD received a 911 call in response to a male suspect abducting two children from a woman located at a gas station on Jack Springs Road and Interstate 65.

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“Atmore police arrived on scene and met with the caller who identified herself as the mother of the children,” Brooks said in a release. “The woman explained the abductor was her husband. The woman said the couple is currently separated. The woman said she left the state of Texas with the children earlier today with intentions of moving to Alabama. The woman stated the children were 16 and 3 years old.”

Brooks said the woman pulled into the gas station to refuel her truck, and the children went inside of the store.

“She said minutes later, the children then exited the store and got into the husband’s vehicle,” he said. “The woman said the husband was driving a gray 2003 Toyota Camry.  The woman said the younger child was the husband’s biological child, but the other child was not. The woman told APD officers the male did not have parental rights to the other child. The woman also said she did not feel the children were in danger, but wanted the children back in her custody.”

Brooks said after Jonson was detained today, the children were found safe and unharmed.