An 11-year-old girl from North Carolina, Arieyana Simone Forney, who was kidnapped from her house, was found safe in Washington, DC, after an Amber alert was put out for her on Sunday. Both of her grandparents, Ruby and Curtis Atkinson, were shot and killed when Forney was kidnapped by her uncle, Curtis Atkinson Jr., 36, who has been arrested and is being held in custody in Washington, DC.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Forney lived in a home in east Charlotte, North Carolina, where her grandparents were slain in a double homicide earlier on Sunday, when she was kidnapped. After Forney was reported missing, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) issued an Amber Alert for the kidnapped girl.
According to the police, Forney was found later on Sunday “safe in Washington in a vehicle that had been seen leaving the home in the 7500 block of Glencannon Drive.” The Washington Post reported that D.C. police Capt. David Sledge said police officers “spotted a vehicle that appeared to match” the description of the one reported leaving the North Carolina residence where Forney was abducted from.
After a brief chase in Washington, DC, police found Forney in a car, along with her uncle, who the police said is “now being held on local charges in Washington.” Capt. sledge said “they pursued the vehicle to a Southwest Washington area in the vicinity of Maine Avenue where it crashed into another vehicle.” According to WTOP, the chase began “at around 8:30 p.m.”
The CMPD will “seek charges against Atkinson for the murder of the two individuals in the home.” Ruby and Curtis Atkinson were not only Forney’s grandparents, but were Atkinson’s parents. The police said that the murder suspect had also “lived in the home.”
The “Washington metro police stopped the white Chevrolet Impala” that Forney and her uncle were found in, after they received “a call from someone inside the car, possibly Arieyana.” WTOP reported that the person who called the police “said they had been kidnapped.”
NBC Washington reported “that the chase started around the Navy Yard and ended in a crash with another vehicle in the area of 1700 Independence Avenue SW.” The CMPD said that nobody suffered any serious injuries during the pursuit and recovery of the missing North Carolina girl.
There was also a woman in the Impala. At this time, “charges have not been filed against her.” The police said that further charges could be filed in the near future. Assisting in the search for Forney were the SBI and FBI.
After the murders of Forney’s grandparents, “there was an attempted arson at the crime scene.” The Charlotte Fire Department first responded to the crime scene to put out the fire at the residence. At 11:05 a.m. Sunday, “Hickory Grove Division patrol officers were first summoned” to the house, and discovered the two deceased victims inside.
A North Carolina girl, Arieyana Simone Forney, 11, who was kidnapped on Sunday was found safe in Washington, DC, following the murders of her grandparents, who were both shot to death. A suspect who was with the girl in the car, her uncle, Curtis Atkinson Jr., 36, was arrested and is in custody in Washington, DC. An investigation into the kidnapping and double homicide is ongoing.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy NC Amber Alert