Update: Details released about capture of Alabama kidnapper
POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 9:43am
UPDATED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 10:46am
Ohio — Update (Monday, 9:42am): Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Cincinnati Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), today announced that Charles "Dean" Partin, 36 years old, was arrested this morning in Cincinnati, OH on a federal warrant for kidnapping. Partin is suspected of kidnapping his minor stepdaughter from the Southeast Alabama Medical Center on September 17, 2012.
The FBI Cincinnati SWAT Team rescued the minor victim early this morning at a residence in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. Julie Ann Bethke, age 36, the mother of the minor, was also arrested on a state warrant out of Alabama for interference with the custody of a minor. Charles Partin and Julie Bethke are the minor's non-custodial parents.
The investigation was led by the FBI's Mobile, Alabama Division. The Cincinnati Police Department assisted in the local operation.
The public is reminded that warrants contain only allegations of criminal misconduct and that defendants are presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Update (Saturday 9:46pm): Charles Dean Partin and Julie Ann Bethke were arrested by FBI agents early Saturday morning in Ohio, according to the Dothan Police Department.
Ailene Mariz Lander and five other children were safely rescued.
Details are limited at this time, but more information is expected to be released on Monday
Update ( Friday, 4:59 pm): Authorities have determined the van driven by the alleged kidnapper, Charles Dean Partin, is a stolen 2003 green Toyota Sienna.
Partin was last seen in the East Texas/ west Louisiana area. He is believed to be traveling seven people, including the victim, Ailene Lander, and a dog.
Update on Kidnapping suspect Charles Dean Partin. Please see attached Press release for update and complete press information. Also attached is an FBI flyer with the updated information.
Officials think Partin is still seeking charitable contributions for food and may be staying at state parks or camp sites.
Update (Friday, 2:45pm): San Augustine Sheriffs Department tells KETK, the kidnapped girl and alleged abductors have been spotted in San Augustine.
A man they believe to be the child's abductor came into the First Baptist Church in San Augustine around 7:30 am on Thursday, and asked the pastor for gas money.
They were seen driving a green minivan, which matches the description of the vehicle they are believed to be in.
The pastor reported about six children and a woman in the van as well.
Update (Thursday, 7:41pm): According to the Dothan Police Department, the van allegedly used during the kidnapping has been found in an undisclosed location.
The suspect, 36-year-old Charles Partin, is now believed to be driving a blue, green or blue/green minivan. No other description is available.
ORIGINAL STORY: Alabama authorities are asking East Texans to be on high alert as a kidnapped teen may be in the area.
According to the Dothan Police Department, around 1:05 p.m. on Monday, officers were dispatch to reports of a kidnapping on the 1100 block of Ross Clark Circle in front of the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
When police arrived, an employee with the hospital told them she had taken Ailene Lander, 15, to the medical center for an appointment. While at the office, the worker and Lander were approached by 36-year-old Charles Partin, the child's stepfather. Partin grabbed the teen and put her inside a van, then left the parking lot.
A van was stopped shortly after at the Dothan city limits, but it was not Partin.
The girl was last seen wearing a white shirt and white/pink shorts. Lander hair color may have now been altered to appear blonde. In addition to the immediate danger from her abduction, Landers’ may also be in medical danger.
The suspect, Charles Partin, A.K.A. "Dean", is described as a white male and was last seen wearing a baseball cap, dark colored shirt and dark jeans. He is a truck driver with carpentry skills. He has also previously been convicted of motor vehicle theft. Both Charles Partin and now Julie Bethke currently have active warrants for arrest for their participation in the abduction.
Partin is believed to have left the scene in a two-tone light blue over dark blue 1994 Mercury Villager older model van, but may LIKELY HAVE DISCARDED THIS VEHICLE and may be driving a blue, green or blue/green Toyota minivan.
Recent information suggests the suspect and victim are very likely in in East Texas or Western Louisiana. Officials warn the suspect may be seeking and entering charitable organizations for food.