Gila River kidnapping suspect arrested in Phoenix - Tucson News Now

Gila River kidnapping suspect arrested in Phoenix

Anna Marie Johnson was arrested in Phoenix in connection with the kidnapping of Eric Warrior Smith Jr. (Source: Gila River Indian Community Police Department) Anna Marie Johnson was arrested in Phoenix in connection with the kidnapping of Eric Warrior Smith Jr. (Source: Gila River Indian Community Police Department)
SACATON, AZ (CBS5) -

A 19-year-old woman suspected of kidnapping a 2-year-old boy from the Gila River Indian Community was arrested at a family member's home in Phoenix on Thursday night.

Gila River police said they received numerous tips from the public that led to the arrest of Anna Marie Johnson about 10 p.m., according to a news release from the Gila River Police Department.

Johnson is suspected of taking 2-year-old Eric "Beanie" Warrior Smith Jr. from the family home while babysitting him Tuesday.

A national Amber Alert was issued late Tuesday night.

The boy was found by police early Wednesday morning alone in a minivan, unharmed and unclothed except for a soiled diaper, but Johnson was not found.

A Gila River Police Department apprehension team contacted Johnson at the Phoenix home and she agreed to return to the community for an interview.

She was arrested and booked into the Gila River Indian Community jail on tribal charges of kidnapping and theft of a means of transportation.

Gila River police said additional tribal charges are pending and that the case would be submitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which could lead to charges in U.S. federal court, according to the release.

Investigators said they were still trying to determine the motive behind the alleged abduction.

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