UNION CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – Union City Police issued an Amber Alert for three siblings on Friday morning and were thought to be with two suspects, one of whom was wanted for sexual assault of a child.
The Union Police Department confirms they located the children with their parents at a residence in Owasso.
The three children ages 6, 12, and 13, were found safe and have been taken into state custody.
The parents, 32- year old Samatha King and 35-year old Christian King were arrested.
Christian has active warrants in Canadian County for sexual assault of a child.
Union City police said the warrants were sought after when King told a family member, he had an ongoing sexual relationship with a minor. That family member reported it to police. That family members as well as others said King had suicidal thoughts to escape the situation or any possible charges that would come with it. According to police, Samantha reportedly knew about the sexual relationship with a minor and King was going to turn himself in on Thursday. Instead, they fled Union City with their kids, leading to amber alert and what police said could have been a deadly situation.
“It becomes a lot more serious when an entire family flees,” said Chief Richard Stephens with Union City police. It becomes a potential hostage situation, or you have people that are willing to give up everything in their lives just to go on the run. That doesn’t end up well.”
Police haven’t said why the family fled to the Owasso apartment complex they were found at. All three kids have been placed in DHS custody and an investigation is ongoing.