12 Jan 2017
- By John O’Connor - For Variety
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — In a twist to an hours-long search for what was initially reported as an abducted 3-year-old girl, the Guam Police Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the father has been arrested and the child had not been abducted.
James Niosy, 25, of Barrigada, was arrested Wednesday afternoon for falsely reporting his child as missing, Guam Police spokeswoman Capt. Kim Santos confirmed.
He was booked and confined.
The car was confirmed stolen, but Niosy told police he claimed his daughter was taken along with the vehicle because he wanted the vehicle, a Mitsubishi Outlander, found quickly, according to police.
Police spent hours and vast resources looking for the girl, and issued an Amber Alert as part of the urgent search for what was thought to be a kidnapped toddler.
When the search was ongoing, acting Gov. Ray Tenorio had called for the community to pray for the child’s safety.
“The child was later located and found to be safe and sound in the care of her mother,” according to Santos.
As a result of the investigation, it was found that the child was never in the vehicle as initially reported by Niosy, according to police.
Niosy had reported to police that his daughter was in his car when it was supposedly stolen outside Fine Store near Pacific Gardens in Dededo while he was inside buying a soft drink.
A video surveillance camera from the store showed Niosy going after the car as it moved from the store parking lot.
Niosy was arrested on suspicion of making a false report, unsworn falsification, and causing a false alarm.
Based on Niosy’s initial claim, according to Santos, “GPD had every reason to believe at the time that the 3-year-old was in the car when it was reported stolen.”
“The child’s safety and well-being were of the utmost importance,” Santos said. “We followed all protocol and because of the risk factors involved an Amber Alert was initiated.”