Children found safe, suspect arrested after Columbus Amber Alert

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police say they have arrested a man accused of taking three kids along with a SUV from a gas station Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 1:34pm, Wednesday, three children were inside a 2007 blue GMC Suburban with Ohio license plate GZX5493 when it was stolen from a gas station in the 1800 block of E. Hudson Street.

Police say a woman’s ex-boyfriend stole the vehicle, and the children do not belong to him.

Police say they took 31-year-old Dustin Joseph Ray into custody on Myrtle Avenue.

All three children were found safe.

According to court records, Ray was sentenced on a domestic violence charge on Monday out of an incident from June. In that incident, a female victim said she invited Ray to her house for dinner. Records show Ray began hitting her and threatening to kill her if she testified against him in other charges.

In that incident, Ray was sentenced to 3 years probation.

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