Man turns self in after learning of Amber Alert

By the Tri-City HeraldNovember 11, 2012 

KENNEWICK -- Police believe a 28-year-old man who was the suspect in an Amber Alert on Friday night turned himself in to Kennewick police after learning on Facebook that he was wanted.

Chet Arlie Moses drove to the station and told officers they were looking for him, based on the 10:01 p.m. alert that originated out of White Swan.

Moses was accused of taking his 2-year-old daughter and was believed to be heading to the Spokane area.

Police -- who don't know if he was just passing through the Tri-Cities -- were surprised when Chet Moses walked into the police department, said Kennewick Sgt. Mike Genack. The toddler was with him and was unharmed.

Moses either saw himself featured in the Amber Alert on Facebook, or somebody on the social media site informed him that he was the target of a search, Genack said.

"The fact that he had found out in some manner that he was being broadcasted on the Amber Alert prompted him to do what he did, so that's a good thing," he said.

The alert, which is used in cases when children are abducted or kidnapped, was canceled at 11:51 p.m.

Genack said Washington State Patrol troopers picked up Moses and drove him back to the Toppenish area, where he was turned over to federal authorities. The girl was placed in the care of Child Protective Services because her mom reportedly was in the hospital following an alleged domestic violence situation with Moses, he said.

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