DENVER – The man accused of taking a 1-year-old child away from his mother in Cheyenne is awaiting extradition to Wyoming on charges of interference with child custody and two counts of aggravated assault against a pregnant woman.
The charges were announced Friday morning by the Cheyenne Police Department, which also released more details about what led to a multi-state Amber Alert late Thursday evening.
Police said Mijito Johnson, 26, hit his girlfriend multiple times before taking the woman’s 1-year-old child from her arms and fleeing to his brother’s house in Colorado.
The alleged assault and abduction led to an Amber Alert to be sent out to phones across Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma as law enforcement tracked Johnson and 1-year-old Gregory Marks, a spokesperson for the police department said in a news release.
Aurora Police Department officers eventually found the suspect’s abandoned vehicle in a parking lot at an Aurora mall and took him into custody a short distance away at his brother’s home.
The boy was rescued by the Aurora Police Department at approximately 10 p.m., the release stated.
Johnson remains in custody of Aurora police and a warrant for his extradition has been issued by authorities in Wyoming.
A date for his extradition has not been set.