LONGMONT, Colo. - A Longmont mother issued a public plea for her estranged husband to safely release their 3-year-old son after police say Monty Ray Turner attacked Brandy Turner and abducted the toddler from her Longmont home on Saturday morning.
"Just, dad, don't hurt him. Just let him be safe. Let him be happy," Brandy Turner said before TV cameras during a news briefing at the Longmont Police Department on Saturday afternoon.
"I'd like to say, 'Bring him home.' But, obviously, I don't know if he'd listen to that," the mother said of Monty Turner, who is accused of abducting his son for the second time in less than a year.
An Amber Alert was issued for 3-year-old Luke Turner Saturday after Monty Turner allegedly kicked in the door to Brandy Turner's home at 724 Eldora Place about 10:07 a.m. and then pepper-sprayed the boy's mother and shocked her with a stun gun, said Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur.
Late Saturday, Longmont police said they believe Monty and Luke Turner are in a 1999 white, 4-door Chrysler 300. The car has a Colorado license plate of 161-ZXZ.
Police added they believe Turner is heading to Missouri through Kansas and along the Interstate 70 corridor.
Brandy Turner said she was screaming and wrestling with Monty on the floor, trying to get away as little Luke watched from a kitchen table.
"My son got out of his chair at the table and was yelling to him, 'Please don't hurt my mommy,'" the mother said.
Unsure what Monty might do, Brandy Turner said she stopped struggling and said he could see his son, because that's what the father initially said he wanted.
But as the mother slipped into a bedroom to grab a cellphone to call 911, the father kidnapped the toddler and took off on bicycle with Luke in a child seat, police said. The 51-year-old Turner was last seen riding eastbound on Mt. View Avenue from Independence Drive.
Police said they believe Turner had a vehicle parked nearby that he used to flee the scene. Brandy Turner said she suspects an accomplice was waiting in a vehicle to help the father escape with the boy.
Brandy Turner said she's worried about her son.
"I'm sure Luke has pepper spray all over him. He's probably scared to death," she said. "He witnessed his dad attacking me and I was screaming and fighting."
Asked by a reporter if she's concerned Monty Turner could hurt their son, the mother said, "I don't know. Part of me is afraid, yeah, that he could hurt him, just from everything that he's done. But I hate to think that way. I would like to think that he loves him enough to... at least not hurt him."
Brandy Turner said the couple's marriage fell apart and she filed for divorce last summer.
She said she gave in to Monty Turner's request to let Luke stay with him for three days over the Fourth of July last year and the father vanished with their son, hiding out for nine months.
Satur said police had Monty Turner under surveillance and finally found him with boy in Washington County in March. However, Satur said police had no grounds to arrest the father, because he had a right to have custody of his son and had not committed a crime.
Monty Turner is currently wanted on an arrest warrant for violating the conditions of a $50,000 bond for failing to appear in court, Satur said. He also will be facing additional charges related to the alleged kidnapping, burglary and assault, Satur added.
Turner also has violated a judge's protection order that prohibited him from contacting his estranged wife and his son, Satur said.
Longmont police said they asked the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to issue the Amber Alert because they are concerned about Luke’s welfare. The FBI has also been notified and will be working with police on the search for the father and son, Satur said.
Monty Ray Turner is a white, 51-year-old man who is 6-feet-2-inches tall, weighs 210 pounds and has short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeve dark blue shirt and blue jeans.
Luke Turner is a white 3-year-old boy who is 3-feet tall, weighs 28 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a royal blue "Lightning McQueen" shirt and light blue swim shorts.
If you see Monty Turner or Luke Turner or know their whereabouts, call Longmont Police at 303-651-8501.
Police quickly located a blue 2001 Ford F350 pickup truck and ruled it out as the vehicle Turner might be driving.