Three children allegedly abducted in Oroville were found in Yuba City just minutes after an AMBER Alert was issued on Thursday.
The suspect, Matthew Rod Kline, 31, was involved in a custody issue, according to court records.
The children were reported abducted in Oroville at about 7 a.m. Thursday.
At 2:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol issued an AMBER Alert seeking citizen assistance in locating a 2006 blue Hyundai van, believed to be driven by Kline and carrying the children. The CHP warned that the suspect may be armed.
Scanner traffic said the suspect had multiple weapons and cautioned officers to proceed with caution.
A citizen called 911 four minutes after the alert was sent, stating the van was on Highway 20, Yuba City Police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey said.
Yuba City officers located the van traveling east on Highway 20, approaching Highway 99, and arrested Kline.
The children, ranging from 1 to 4 years old, were taken to the police station to be reunited with family, Pavey said.
Seven months ago, Bryce Marie Jones filed for a petition for a restraining order against Kline to prevent domestic violence, according to Butte County Superior Court’s online records.
Kline is listed as a defendant in a child-support reimbursement case brought by the Butte County Department of Child Support Services in 2012. Jones is listed as the other parent in the case.
A judgment was mailed to Kline in late May, according to court documents.
Kline was scheduled to appear in Butte County Superior Court next week on five misdemeanor charges, including hit-and-run causing property damage, fraudulent use of an access card, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of failure to appear.
Monica Vaughan is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. She can be reached at email@example.com.