A 7-year-old Connecticut boy was found safe after being abducted by his father on Saturday. An Amber Alert was issued in both Connecticut and New York following the abduction of Ariel Revello, who had been taken from his home by his non-custodial father after a domestic violence incident. The 7-year-old Connecticut boy was taken from his bed after his father broke into the home and assaulted his mother. An Amber Alert was issued by Connecticut State Police, and quickly expanded to the state of New York when authorities realized that the abducted boy may have been taken to the Bronx by his father.
Authorities almost had it correct. On Saturday afternoon, New York State police cancelled the Amber Alert that had been issued to help find the abducted Connecticut boy. According to police, the reason the alert was cancelled was that the abducted boy had been “safely recovered.”
CBS New York reports that authorities were able to find the abducted 7-year-old not because of a tip from the public, but rather because of a tip from the father and abductor.
According to the Hartford Courant, Rodolfo Revello, 43, (who is alleged to have abducted his son) called law enforcement at about 5 p.m. local time on Saturday. He advised authorities that he had dropped the abducted 7-year-old boy off with relatives in Queens, New York, and that the child was safe. Local police responded to the address that Revello gave them, and there they found the abducted 7-year-old safe and unharmed.
Per an email from law enforcement dispersed to media outlets, the 7-year-old boy was reunited with his mother on Saturday evening, and the Amber Alert was lifted at about 6:30 p.m.
Rodolfo Revello is still at large.
The events that led up to the 7-year-old boy being abducted were very dramatic, and led authorities to believe that the child was in imminent danger. It was the fear for the boy’s safety that led to the Amber Alert being issued early Saturday morning.
At about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, law enforcement responded to a domestic violence call in Trumbull, Connecticut. When they got to the scene, they found an injured woman (Ariel Rodolfo’s mother), a 17-year-old, and a missing 7-year-old boy. Rodolfo Revello had apparently forced himself into his estranged wife’s home, which she shared with her two children, 7-year-old Ariel (the biological son of the suspected kidnapper), and her 17-year-old son, Rodolfo’s stepson.
Rodolfo proceeded to assault his estranged wife, at one point attempting to arm himself with a knife from her kitchen. According to police reports, the elder Revello was able to get his hands on a kitchen knife at one point, but was disarmed by his 17-year-old stepson.
Despite being disarmed, Rodolfo was able to physically assault his estranged wife in her bedroom. She escaped further harm by jumping out of her bedroom window. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital and later released.
Rodolfo Revello then reportedly robbed the home for thousands of dollars in cash, as well as jewelry, before abducting his 7-year-old boy from his bed. Ariel was reportedly dressed in pajamas, a sweater, a “puffy” green coat, and Crocs footwear when he was taken from his home. An Amber Alert related to the abducted boy was issued by law enforcement almost immediately, as well as a description of the white van driven by the alleged abductor and photos of both Ariel and Rodolfo Revello.
The 7-year-old boy remained missing for about 12 hours, while police in two states worked diligently with the public to bring him home safely. Ultimately, that is what they managed to do when they followed up on the phoned in tip from the suspected abductor and recovered the boy from a relative’s home in Queens.
While the Amber Alert was cancelled on Saturday evening, and Ariel safely reunited with his mother, his father and alleged abductor has managed to evade law enforcement. If you have any information pertaining to the location of the Rodolfo Revello, father of the abducted 7-year-old boy, call local your local law enforcement, or text TIP/711 to 236748 or the Trumbull Police Department at 203-261-3665.
[Image via Connecticut State Police/Twitter]