Virginia kidnapping victims rescued in Pennsylvania Walmart; suspect arrested

WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — A mother and her child who were abducted in Virginia were rescued in Pennsylvania and officials have arrested a suspect.

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According to a news release from the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department, officers on Tuesday were contacted by investigators in Virginia about a mother and her child who were kidnapped. The suspect reportedly used a weapon and took the victims to Pennsylvania against their will.

According to WPVI, Virginia investigators reportedly told WBTPD that the victims and the suspect were inside a Walmart in their town. Officers then went to the store.

WBTPD said an undercover SIU detective observed a man in Walmart. He walked away from the victim and the officers took him into custody. Both the child and woman were unharmed.

WBTPD said a few customers had spoken with management at Walmart about concerns that there was an active shooter or a person running around the store with a gun. WBTPD confirmed that there was no gunman on the loose or an active shooter at the store.

No further information has been released including the name of the suspect and official charges. He is awaiting extradition to Virginia, according to WPVI.