5 year old subject of Amber Alert rescued

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Taraille Dejuan Chesney
The Amber Alert system did its job as a 5 year old from Lake Forest Park was located 45 minutes after the alert was issued.

On March 28, 2018, Taraille Chesney entered the home of the child's grandmother in Lake Forest Park and forcefully abducted his 5 year old son. The grandmother was the legal custodian and Chesney, a violent criminal with an extensive rap sheet, did not have permission to be on the premises.

Lake Forest Park Police, responding to a 911 hang up, briefly pursued him as Chesney recklessly drove away.

He stopped at a convenience store and gas station. He took the boy inside and bought him some candy.

As they were attempting to leave, Chesney reportedly backed into another vehicle. He stopped to talk to the other driver, then said he had to leave because his son was sick, and drove off.

Meanwhile, tips were coming in from multiple people who spotted him or the vehicle in Seattle's University District.

He was involved in several collisions before Seattle Police cornered him at 15th NE at NE 63rd in Seattle. Seven police vehicles with almost a dozen deputies boxed in his vehicle.

Officers pulled a male passenger out of the front seat. They were able to remove the boy from the car without apparent interference from the father. Finally, the father was pulled from the vehicle.

The boy was checked out at Harborview and released. The father was taken away by ambulance, reason not specified.

The father will be charged with custodial interference, child endangerment, reckless driving, DUI, violating a protection order.

Lake Forest Park Police Chief Steve Sutton praised the swift action of the Seattle police department, and the effectiveness of the Amber Alert system.


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