GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials said a man who took his two children following a domestic incident at a home Simpsonville Wednesday morning, prompting an AMBER Alert, has been taken into custody and the children were found safe.
According to a news release, deputies received a call at around 8:20 a.m. in regard to Walter Greene, 26, who reportedly assaulted his estranged wife at a home on Roberts Road in Simpsonville.
After the assault, Greene then took their two kids — a 3-month-old and a 1-year-old — and got into the mother’s 2016 black Jeep Cherokee and drove away.
The sheriff’s office said the mother and the two kids also had an active order of protection out against Greene.
Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said the AMBER Alert had been cancelled, saying the children were found safe and that Greene was in custody.
The sheriff’s office held a news conference shortly after and said Greene was arrested at a convenience store in Spartanburg County.
According to Lt. Ryan Flood, deputies received tips about the vehicle being on Woodruff Road and approaching Highway 101.
Deputies then reportedly saw the Jeep just before 1 p.m. and followed it until the vehicle pulled into a convenience store parking lot, located at 5400 Highway 101.
Flood said Greene then stepped away from the Jeep, leaving the kids inside, and deputies were able to move in and taken him into custody.
The children in the vehicle were secured by law enforcement and were reported to be safe.
Greene has been charged with two counts of Kidnapping, two counts of Abandonment of a Minor Child, first degree Domestic Violence, and Violation of Order of Protection.
Greene is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.
The two kids have since been returned to their mother and were reported to be unharmed.