NEW YORK — A father was arrested outside the Lincoln Tunnel Friday, hours after an Amber Alert was issued for him and his 3-year-old daughter who, police say, was in “imminent danger,” sources told PIX11 News.
Ava Byrne, 3, was last seen about 12:30 a.m. Friday on Vine Street in Nescopeck Borough, Penn., according to the now-canceled Amber Alert. She was taken allegedly by Robert Byrne, 24.
The alert initially was issued in Pennsylvania then was expanded into New York, where the pair was ultimately found.
A traffic officer who was aware of the Amber Alert spotted Byrne’s silver Hyundai near the Manhattan side of the Lincoln Tunnel about 2:15 p.m., he said in an afternoon news conference. The officer told the driver to pull over and then he called for backup.
About the same time, a 911 call came in from a witness who said they saw a vehicle matching that in the Amber Alert.
Within minutes, NYPD officers from the 10th Precinct responded to the scene and took Byrne into custody without incident.
The girl, who was wearing only a diaper when she was taken, was unharmed. She was brought to a Manhattan hospital and her mother is on her way to New York City to reunite with the child, sources said.