SPRING, Texas – The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office said a 6-year-old boy at the center of an Amber Alert Monday has been found safe.
Authorities said Preston Fears was last seen in the 3100 block of Clear Wing Court around 10:09 p.m. and was taken by Brandon Spears, 37. Investigators said the suspect, who is the ex-boyfriend of the child’s mom, beat the woman up before kidnapping him. He has no relationship with the mother or the child.
According to Houston police, the child, who has autism, was found during a traffic stop near Crosstimbers near I-45. After leading officers on a brief pursuit, police said they were able to stop the suspect. Pct. 4 said Spears was taken into custody and the boy has been reunited with his mother and grandfather. Spears was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail for evading arrest and child endangerment. Authorities said Spears was charged with kidnapping and assault family violence.
Spears had warrants out for his arrest and is known for having violent tendencies, authorities said. Investigators said he was arrested three times in the last eight years in Harris County.
Neighbor Cesar Duenez said he saw the boy’s mother was in the front yard.
“I think she had like a red mark on her cheek,” Duenez said. “When she is on the phone, he pulls up and tells her to come grab the kid, and when she goes up to the car, he speeds off.”
Duenez said he is “happy” Preston is back home.
“I am happy she got her child back, her son,” he said.