US News: Alaska Child found safe following Amber Alert, police standoff; suspect in custody

Homicide suspect in custody, investigation underway after woman found dead at home where child lives

An infant for whom an Amber Alert was issued on Friday has been located safe following an hours-long standoff with Anchorage police.

The 8-month-old child has been identified as Ahmiri Chaney, and the reported suspect in the kidnapping is 23-year-old Eric Chaney Jr., who is the child’s father. Chaney was arrested following the standoff and remains in police custody. Officials are expected to issue charges for Chaney on Feb. 18.

Anchorage police were initially called to a residence in the area of East 12th Avenue and Norman Street at 8:57 a.m. on Friday regarding a homicide. Inside the residence, they found a woman dead with trauma to her upper body, according to a news release from Anchorage police. Chaney is believed to be involved with that incident as well.

Later Friday evening, APD special operations teams were called to a home near 6000 More Lane due to a barricaded suspect. Police units that responded to the scene included the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT), Crisis Negotiation Team, and Tactical Support Unit.

Shortly after 10 p.m., a person wearing camouflage clothing was seen exiting a building with the child in his arms, who was heard crying moments later.

The Amber Alert issued Friday is one of the very few that have been sent by Alaska law enforcement.

“When Amber Alerts are sent, APD sends a request. We don’t actually send the Amber Alerts, and so when we do request it, we are exhausting all leads, all efforts to locate the child and then when those efforts are exhausted, then we move forward with publishing Amber Alerts and more in requesting public’s help and locating the child,” Anchorage Police Community Relations Director Sunny Guerin said. “In the past two years, this is the first one that we’ve issued in Anchorage.”

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