Dramatic footage shows the moment Utah cops arrested a father who allegedly attempting to kidnap his daughters without their mother’s permission.
Joshua Adle, 24, fled with Darla Yonko, 18 months, and Emma Yonko, 8 months, from their home in California on July 30 following a domestic dispute, Riverside Police Department investigators said.
Police said the van they were driving were not on their radar because they originally believed Adle was driving a Cadillac. He was eventually found with the girls more than 400 miles and two states away in Cedar City, Utah.
Dramatic footage shows the moment cops arrested Jpseph Adle, (pictured), who allegedly attempting to kidnap his daughters without their mother’s permission in Utah.
Joshua Adle, 24, fled with Darla Yonko, 18 months, (left), and Emma Yonko, 8 months, (right), from their home in California on July 30 following a domestic dispute with their mother, Riverside Police Department investigators said
The Utah Department of Public Safety released body camera footage worn by a trooper showing the moment Adle was arrested the along the I-15 Freeway in Cedar City.
Adle’s parents Frank Marks and Angela Yonko, were also taken into custody during the traffic stop, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nicholas Street said.
Footage shows trooper Adam Gibbs placing the driver of the vehicle in handcuffs before calling another passenger out at gunpoint.
After some yelling for him to open the door and get out, the man exits the vehicle and is taken into custody.
The video then shows troopers directing a woman to exit the vehicle with her hands raised.
‘It was lucky. I was able to be at the right place at the right time,’ Trooper Gibbs was reported by ABC4 as saying on August 2.
The woman is holding one of the children, so a trooper approaches to take the child from her before sending her to another trooper to be taken into custody.
‘Hi! How are you?,’ the trooper says to the baby after taking her into his arms.
Footage shows trooper Adam Gibbs make a traffic stop and place the driver of the vehicle in handcuffs before calling another passenger out at gunpoint
A woman believed to be Adle’s mother Angela Yonko, (pictured), was instructed to get out of the vehicle by the trooper and had the baby in her arms
The two girls were taken from their home in Riverside California and troopers eventually stopped the car in Cedar City, Utah
The incident began when Adle and the children’s mother, who has not been named, became involved in a physical and verbal altercation, police said.
The woman found the girls were missing from their beds over an hour later and their identity documents and other items were also gone.
According to police, the three were believed to have been heading to Michigan.
Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback told CBS2 after the incident: ‘There was a domestic altercation that occurred, from what we gather, nothing involved the children, but we don’t know his state of mind or anything like that.
‘She left just for a little while to kind of help cool the situation down, and when she returned, the kids and the boyfriend were gone. ‘She’s been paranoid and terrified over not knowing where her children are,’ he added.
Trooper Adam Gibbs takes one child in his arms as he forcefully orders one woman to go to another officer. He cheerfully says to the baby ‘Hi. How are you?’
The Adle family claimed investigators needed to consult with their council of elders to negotiate terms for returning the children, investigators said
Vaughn revealed that he was contact with Adle’s family throughout the day but added that there were cultural barriers in their communication.
The Adle family claimed investigators needed to consult with their council of elders to negotiate terms for returning the children.
‘They were imploring us to listen to them and do things the way they wanted to,’ Vaughn said.
There was some confusion as to whether Adle was the girls’ biological father.
However, Steven Yonko, the girls’ maternal grandfather, confirmed his identity to CBS2. He added: ‘They’re very emotional and thank you Jesus everything came to a close.
Adle was arrested for the outstanding warrant out of Riverside County for kidnapping, parental abduction, and domestic violence.
Adle’s parents Frank Marks, 57, (left), and Angela Yonko, 45, (right), each face one count of kidnapping
‘They resourced their resources to the fullest to bring these children home and I just want to thank them so much. He is the father, so, it’s just, he went out of control,’ Yonko added.
Officials did not issue an Amber Alert because they weren’t certain if there was a threat to the girls.
At some point, Adle allegedly told his girlfriend he was taking them to a local business, but never returned. He is from the Detroit area, and investigators believed he was trying to go to Michigan.
Adle was arrested for the outstanding warrant out of Riverside County for kidnapping, parental abduction, and domestic violence. Marks and Yonko were both arrested on probable cause for child kidnapping.
Adle remains in custody at a detention center in Riverside, Calif, where he is scheduled to enter a plea August 15.