Phoenix police locate dad who allegedly kidnapped son

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 5:34 PM

Map: 33rd Ave. & Thomas Road

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have located a man who allegedly kidnapped his 1-year-old son.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, Christopher Verland Ayers, 21, took the little boy after arguing with his ex-girlfriend, the baby's mother, late Tuesday afternoon. Investigators were concerned that the baby, also named Christopher, could be in danger. Thompson said Ayers made threats to hurt himself and his son.

Thompson said Ayers was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon and his son is safe and with police. No further details have been released at this time.

The pair was last seen at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the area of 33rd Avenue just south of Thomas Road.

Little Christopher's grandmother, Tyrell Gray, was the last person to speak with Ayers before he vanished with his son.

According to Gray, Ayers and his ex-girlfriend have an agreement that allows him to see Christopher whenever he likes. She said Ayers picked up Christopher on Saturday and had refused to give him back.

Things came to a head Tuesday when Ayers demanded to see his ex.

"It appears that the older Christopher Ayers had actually kidnapped several family members -- the sister of the mother of the baby," Thompson said, explaining that Ayers threatened her, as well.

The boy's aunt was later released unharmed.

Gray says Ayers owns guns and is a violent man. She believes he's capable of everything -- even hurting his own child. Still, she tried to reason with Ayers Tuesday afternoon.

"His main focus was, 'I'm going to hurt her [his ex-girlfriend] because she hurt me,'" Gray explained to 3TV's Javier Soto. "That's his mind frame. If she hurt him, he's going to do something to hurt her."

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