published Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Suspect in Colorado kidnapping arrested; boy safe

DENVER — Authorities on Sunday arrested a man accused of breaking into his estranged wife’s home before blasting her with a stun gun and pepper spray and kidnapping their 3-year-old son.

Monty Ray Turner was arrested without incident at a motel in Brandon, Manitoba in Canada at about 1:30 p.m., said Longmont, Colo., Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur. The boy was found unharmed.

“We are working with the FBI on extradition and reuniting (the boy) with his mother,” Satur said. “We’ve been working very hard on this case since yesterday.”

Police said Turner assaulted his wife at her Longmont home Saturday and left with their child, Luke Turner. A court order prohibits the father from contacting his wife and son.

Brandy Turner told the Denver Post on Saturday that when her husband began struggling with her, her son was yelling: “Please don’t hurt my mommy.”

She did not return a phone message left by the Associated Press on Sunday.

Satur told the Denver Post that Monty Turner had previously disappeared with the boy, but no crime was committed in that case because both parents had custody rights at the time.

Turner is being held on numerous charges, including second-degree kidnapping, second-degree burglary and menacing, among others.

“There’s just a litany of charges,” said Satur, who declined to detail what led authorities to the whereabouts of Turner and his son.

Earlier Sunday, the boy’s grandfather, Ronald Turner, 72, was pulled over in southwest Missouri on a warrant for second-degree kidnapping. He was driving a vehicle with a license plate number listed on the Amber Alert.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said the grandfather was alone when he was pulled over and is being held at the Bates County Jail.

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