Two children who were the subject of a Amber Alert issued Thursday were found safe about 3 p.m. Friday at an apartment in Lancaster County by sheriff's deputies and SLED agents.
The alert has been canceled, but the man accused of abducting them is still being sought, and the children's mother, stabbed during the abduction, remains hospitalized.
Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 29, is the target of an ongoing manhunt by several agencies, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Authorities said Reyes-Campos was deported to Mexico last month and apparently returned illegally to the United States.
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The public is asked to continue to be on the lookout for a tan 2000 Isuzu Trooper with S.C. license tag BJD-238 that authorities believe Reyes-Campos is driving.
Diane Madisol Trejo, 22, was in stable but critical condition at a Columbia hospital. Reports indicate she was stabbed while trying to prevent Reyes-Campos from from taking the children, 3-year-old Melanie Reyes and 1-year-old Destiny Reyes.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call around 8:15 Thursday night from Trejo’s.
When deputies arrived at the location, they found her with a 2 ½- to 3 -inch long stab wound to her neck.
Authorities say Reyes-Campos has a history of violent crime and should be considered dangerous. Anyone spotting the vehicle or the suspect should call 911 or contact the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, 803-283-3388.
-- From Staff Reports and The Charlotte Observer