A 17-month-old girl abducted at gunpoint by her non-custodial father in St. Louis Park on Thursday is now safe. Her abduction triggered an AMBER Alert Thursday night that was canceled early Friday morning.
According to the AMBER Alert, 31-year-old George Jermaine Rutledge took Nahla Sky Rutledge out of the home without any shoes or a jacket. Rutledge assaulted the girl's mother and threatened to kill the girl and himself.
The abduction was reported at 8:55 p.m. Thursday. Rutledge drove the girl away in a tan, 1998 Ford Expedition with tinted windows and South Carolina plates.
St. Louis Park police said the two were found at about 6 a.m. Blaine. The toddler is safe and has been returned to her mother.
Rutledge remains in Hennepin County Jail, and officials expect to charge him with felony kidnapping and felony assault by strangulation.
Officials say Rutledge has a history of making trouble in St. Louis Park. In fact, police say they've been called to the Jersey Avenue apartment multiple times in the past year.
Just two months ago, Rutledge gave a false name to police while violating a protection order, according to police. Officials say he also threatened to abduct his daughter last year, and even attempted to kick down the door.
Once, police tried to physically remove Rutledge from the apartment, but he resisted and threw an officer against a wall. Officers said they had to use a TASER on him twice, but he was still able to escape on foot.
This latest incident marks the 27th AMBER alert issued in Minnesota. So far, all have ended successfully.