ARRESTED-SUSPECT TURNED HIMSELF IN TO POLICE
The father who briefly abducted a baby girl in Antioch this morning remains at large after safely dropping off his daughter, according to Antioch police. The 11-month-old girl, Justice Alasheia Benton, was allegedly abducted by her father, Joshua Elijah Benton, police said. Antioch police said they received a report at 10:19 a.m. of shots fired in the area of Rainier and Sunset lanes, off of Davison Drive.
Arriving officers learned that Joshua Benton had allegedly taken his daughter during a domestic dispute, according to police. Police said that as Benton was leaving, he fired one shot into the air from a handgun and got into the passenger side of a dark green Dodge Caravan-type vehicle with tinted windows. A second person was believed to be driving the car. A license plate number was not immediately available.
Around 2 p.m. the baby was found safe after she was spotted with Benton near his residence carrying her, police said. Family members were following behind him, and when he noticed police he handed the baby over to a family member and fled on foot, according to police. Police searched the area but could not find him and he remains at large. Benton is described as a 23-year-old black man with a light complexion, standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 144 pounds. His hair is in twisted rows.
He has brown eyes and was last wearing white shorts, a blue T-shirt, flip-flops and a brown hat, according to police. Authorities warn that Benton may be armed and dangerous and prone to violent behavior.
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