By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A reported child kidnapping that started in Christiansburg Tuesday evening ended in Pulaski County when the suspect was apprehended at a store off Interstate 81.
According to a press release from Christiansburg Police Department, James B. Necessary of Ohio, the child’s father, was taken into custody “without further incident” following a “brief confrontation with (officers from) Virginia State Police and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.” Necessary is originally from Tazewell.
Christiansburg spokeswoman Becky Wilburn said the incident began around 6:30 p.m. when Necessary became involved in an altercation with the child’s mother at the Red Robin restaurant in Christiansburg.
The mother, who is not being identified, told police she and the suspect had separated and that Necessary returned to the area unexpectedly Tuesday, wanting to see the 19-month-old girl. They agreed to meet at Red Robin, where an argument that began inside the restaurant carried over into Necessary’s vehicle in the parking lot.
A struggle ensued when Necessary allegedly attempted to drive away with the woman and child around 6:30 p.m. At that point, Wilburn said, the mother either jumped from the vehicle or was pushed out. The mother received minor injuries when she allegedly was struck by Necessary’s vehicle as it fled the parking lot, driving over a tree in the process.
Christiansburg authorities immediately issued an Amber Alert and notified surrounding jurisdictions to be on the lookout for the vehicle, according to Wilburn. However, before the Amber Alert could be processed, the vehicle was located in Pulaski County and Necessary was taken into custody.
The child was not injured.
Necessary is charged in Christiansburg with two counts of felony abduction, two counts of felony hit and run, two counts of domestic assault and one count of preventing a call to 911.
Additional charges are pending locally as a result of Necessary’s alleged confrontation with authorities here, Wilburn said.