Sunday, March 8, 2015

Amber Alert Issued for 9-Year-Old Solon, IA, Girl // UPDATE: Amber Alert Ended

Kenneth Johns
(Originally written on 03/07/15): An Amber Alert was issued earlier this afternoon for a girl from nearby Solon, IA.

According to law enforcement authorities, 9-year-old Brianna Crane of Solon, IA, was allegedly abducted by her 48-year-old step-father Kenneth Eugene Johns after a domestic dispute at their residence. He is believed to be driving a gray 2014 four-door Ford Focus.

Brianna is described as being 4-feet tall and weighing 85 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is also described as being hearing impaired. She was last seen wearing a plaid coat with a furry hood, blue jeans and black high tops.

Johns is described as being 6-feet tall, 210 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes and is clean shaven, according to authorities. He last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black hat, blue jeans and gray shoes.

There were earlier reports that this situation had been resolved, but that's not the case as of 7:50 PM (CST) tonight.

Johns is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Please call 911 or 515-443-3014 if you have any information about this Amber Alert.

Updated on 03/08/15: This Amber Alert was canceled earlier today after the successful return of Briana Crane and surrender of Kenneth Johns:
An AMBER ALERT was issued Saturday afternoon when Johns allegedly abducted his 10-year-old stepdaughter, Brianna Crane, from Solon. Crane was dropped off by a third party around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. She is in good condition, but police have said little else about the circumstances of her return.

A statement from Davenport Police Chief Don Schaeffer said authorities learned Johns was in Davenport shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday. By 7 a.m. Sunday, investigators had determined Johns was in a house in the 2600 block of Farnam Street. The department’s Emergency Service Team and negotiators were sent to that address, along with a BearCat armored vehicle belonging to the Bettendorf Police Department, according to the statement. 

After two and a half hours of negotiating, Johns was taken into custody by authorities in Davenport at that residence. Chief Schaeffer said officers moved in to arrest Johns after his dialogue became “more threatening and violent.” No one was injured in the apprehension, public safety sources said.
Kenneth Johns now faces charges of domestic abuse, displaying a weapon, and parole violation.

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