NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A New Haven mother and child are safe, after police say they were taken at knife point Monday, by the child's father. Police issued an Amber Alert and quickly got the situation under control.
"The kids are safe, the mom's safe, the grandma's safe. We can't ask for anything else. We were all concerned, and worried," said a neighbor.
Neighbors breathed a sigh of relief as they learned the amber alert was canceled and their friends found safe.
Police say thirty-three-year-old Rickardo Rhoden is behind bars, accused of kidnapping his girlfriend, twenty-six year-old Sarah Burton and their eleven-month-old daughter Azryrah.
Police received a call just before 3 PM on Monday from the baby's grandmother who had witnessed a fight between the couple.
"She fled with two of the other children that were present at the time into another apartment," said Officer David Hartman, New Haven Police Department.
"They was crying, they were upset. I would just talk to them, try and calm them down, let them watch cartoons and everything was good," said the neighbor.
The grandmother told police Rhoden had taken out a knife and believed Burton and the baby were forced into his car.
There were lots of neighbors at home when this altercation went down, but some residents said they're not surprised something like this happened down the hall.
"We had a murder one block in each direction. And then a week after that, they were shooting at police right down at the end of the street. I'm not very surprised," said Kevin Coleman, a neighbor.
No strangers to police activity, residents say they were impressed with the response by police.
"First there was a police van that showed up and then officers ran up the stairs, and then they started coming out of all directions," said Coleman.
"They were here very quick. Quicker than I ever seen them, they were here. And they did their part and they stayed until it was over," said a neighbor.
Detectives located Rhoden in Bridgeport two hours after the initial call.
When detectives located Rhoden in Bridgeport, the baby was with him and both were taken into custody by police. The mother was located in Bridgeport shortly after that and was speaking with detectives.
No word yet as to the charges Rhoden is facing.
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