Amber Alert Issued For A Four-Year-Old Marion County Boy
Custer, who still has the child, remains at large.
The child, Colin Nathaniel Custer, is a white, four-year-old boy with hazel eyes, about three feet tall, and weighs approximately 35 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray short sleeve shirt with red and blue vertical strips, navy colored shorts, and tan sneakers with a blue stripe.
On Sunday evening, Pennell and Colin were abducted by Custer in the Publix parking lot at Heathbrook Commons in Ocala. Pennell was waiting to pick up her son, Colin, from Custer following a court ordered visitation. Pennell says that Custer put a cloth over her face that made her pass out.
"We're not sure what was on it, what he may have used," said Ocala Police Department Sgt. Amy Scroble. "But she advised us that it knocked her out. She did come to at a couple of points, finding herself restrained and in his van."
Custer, a white male about 5 feet, eight to ten inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds, has balding blond hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with a design on the front and black jogging pants. He fled in a 1988 off-white Chevrolet Conversion van with a green stripe, possibly with a Florida tag Q577ZE and towing a cargo trailer. Custer is probably travelling north.
Around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning, Pennell was able to escape and call 911 from a gas station in Lexington County, South Carolina. Deputies responded to the call, and found Pennell locked inside the gas station bathroom. Surveillance video shows Custer following her into the building. She was transported by EMS to Lexington Medical Center where she was treated and released.
Pennell told Deputies that Custer had been planning to abduct the child for the past two years, and that he planned to go to either Maryland or Canada.
Pennell saw the outline of what appeared to be a pistol in Custer's pocket and loose bullets in his car.
"We consider him to be armed and very dangerous," said Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts. "He told Pennell that he would not live on the run and would kill himself and the child rather than go to jail."
The Ocala Police Department is working in conjunction with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department in order to locate and arrest Custer, and to have Colin safely returned to his mother as soon as possible.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Ocala Police Department, Major Crimes Section at 352-369-7140 or Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP.
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