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AMBER Alert canceled after 5-year-old Charlottesville boy located, suspect arrested

Courtesy Virginia State Police
Courtesy Virginia State Police(Virginia State Police)
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 11:08 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: The AMBER Alert has been canceled, after Virginia State Police said the 5-year-old was located safely. The suspect is in custody.

EARLIER: The Virginia State Police, along with the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse, is asking for the public’s help in locating 5-year-old Bricen Kent Mwanawabene, who was last seen at 1528 Cherry Avenue on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The child is believed to be in extreme danger, according to state police.

He is Black, with black hair and brown eyes. The child stands at 3-feet-tall and weighs 45 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray, long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, blue puff-style coat, a blue stocking cap and black and green light-up shoes.

Mwanawabene is believed to have been abducted on Sunday around 7:30 p.m. by Kerlie Johnson Gage, a Black female with brown eyes who stands at 5-feet-4 inches tall. She weighs 250 pounds.

Gage was last seen driving a 1997 red Honda CRV with VA plates: UMM-2229.

Anyone with helpful tips can contact 434-977-4000.

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