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Amber Alert Update: Children Found, Man in Custody

KSTP-TV
Updated: June 07, 2019 10:38 AM

KSTP-TV has confirmed the man authorities said abducted two children in Cottage Grove Friday morning is in custody.

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The two children have also been found.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension had issued an Amber Alert for a one-year-old and three-year-old and were asking for the public's help in locating the children.

Authorities had set up a perimeter in the area of Oakwood Park in Cottage Grove and were searching for the suspect and children.

According to the BCA, at roughly 6:34 a.m. Friday, a suspect identified as Jeffrey Lo was involved in a domestic assault with the mother of his children in Cottage Grove and left the scene in a 2004 Toyota Sienna with a Minnesota license plate of 708-XEM. Authorities said the vehicle is tan.

A follow-up from authorities later Friday morning said Cottage Grove police were no longer looking for the van, but were continuing to search for the suspect and children.

The woman's brother tells KSTP that Lo hit her with the butt of a gun and left with the children, driving across the family's lawn. The brother said the woman has been taken to a Woodbury hospital.

Her condition is unknown.

The brother also provided a photo of the children.

An order for protection was filed against Lo in April by a woman who said he had punched her, pulled her hair and threatened to kill her during an incident on March 1, court documents obtained by KSTP-TV show.

In another incident last December, the document states the woman alleged Lo threw a folding chair at her, then threatened her saying "I'm going to kill you. If I find your family I will kill them too."

The document also shows the woman asked the court to grant her joint custody of the joint minor children.

Additional documents show the woman continues to retain sole legal and physical custody of the children, but in an order filed in May, Lo was granted temporary parenting time that was scheduled to start Saturday, allowing him two hours every other Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in a public place. The woman was to supervise.

On Jan. 5 of next year, Lo was scheduled to begin to get unsupervised overnight parenting time, running from 10 a.m. Sunday to Monday morning drop-off at daycare or school.

Otherwise, Lo was ordered not to enter or stay at the woman's home, and to stay at least two blocks – or a quarter-mile (whichever is greater) – away from the residence. Nor was he allowed to or near her place of employment.

And except for the allotted parenting time, he was ordered to have no contact with the woman or the children in person, by phone, by mail, on social media, or by any other electronic means.

Lo is described as being 5 feet-5, weighing roughly 180 pounds, and having brown eyes.

Authorities said a clothing description for the two girls is unknown.

The BCA reported Lo is armed. They advised those who see him to not approach him and instead to call 911 immediately.

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