Virginia Amber Alert: Cayden Merchant abducted from Chesterfield

PUBLISHED Mon, October 23, 2017 - 10:56pm EDT

UPDATE: This amber alert has been canceled. Cayden was found safe, although the suspect is still at large.

A Virginia Amber Alert has been issued for 3-year-old Cayden Thomas Merchant after he was allegedly abducted from Chesterfield, local police say. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 immediately. (more)

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The incident happened at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday when Cayden was allegedly taken from 9124 Germont Avenue in North Chesterfield. Details about the exact circumstances of the abduction were not immediately released.

The suspect has been identified as James Benjamin King, though his relationship to the victim - if any - has not been disclosed. King is believed to have taken the child in a red 2016 Elantra Hyundai with Virginia tag XWS-1828. The vehicle may be heading towards Petersburg.

Cayden is described as a 3-year-old black male with black hair and brown eyes, standing 2 feet tall and weighing 29 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white flannel with orange and a grey stripes button-up shirt.

King is described as a black male with short afro black hair and brown eyes, standing 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing black and a dead pool insignia t-shirt with light blue jeans pants.

Anyone who sees Cayden or King is urged to call 911 immediately, or call the Chesterfield Police Department at 804-748-1251 if you have any other information that could help investigators. You can also call the Virginia State Police at 800-822-4453.

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  Chesterfield, VA     





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