Alert: Child abducted at gunpoint in Augusta County, sheriff says




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  • 2021-12-29 03:09:46Z
  • By The News Leader
Jaxson D.
Jaxson D.  
Steven Moran
Steven Moran  

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From the Sheriff's Office:

"The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance with locating a child that was abducted by his father from the Greenville area this evening.

Jaxson D. Moran, W/M, 13 years old, 5'03", 115 lbs., brown hair and brown eyes.

Jaxson was last seen wearing a lime green and grey Ariat baseball hat, a navy blue Under Armour hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and Ariat work boots. The juvenile was abducted at gunpoint from his mother. Steven Dale Moran abducted the juvenile at approximately 1616 hrs. this evening. The two were seen driving off in a maroon, 2014 Nissan Titan, 4 door pickup truck with VA license plate "VHZ-4343". They were last seen travelling north on Almo Chapel Rd. in Greenville.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jaxson or Steven Moran are asked to contact 911 immediately.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office has obtained the following charges for Moran:

18.2- 47 Abduction by force, 18.2-53.1 Use of a Firearm in commission of a felony, 18.2-308.1:4 Possession of a Firearm while under a Protective Order,18.2- 282 Brandish a firearm, 16.1-253.2 Violate a protective order (2 counts), 16.1-253.2 violate a protective order armed with a weapon.

This is an isolated domestic related incident. The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance with locating Steven and Jaxson Moran. Do not approach or try to follow Moran", said Sheriff Donald L. Smith The vehicle description again is a Maroon, 2014, 4-door, Nissan Titan with VA tag VHZ-4343."

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'Extreme danger' to child

Later, the Virginia State Police made an Amber Alert:

"The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse has issued an AMBER Alert on behalf of the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, for a child abduction that occurred on December 28, 2021 at 1621 hours.

The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at 420 Almo Chapel Road, Spottswood, VA.

Abducted is Jaxson Dale Moran, White, Male, Brown hair, Brown eyes, 13 years old, 5 foot 3 inches tall, weighing 115 lbs, Last seen wearing a lime green and grey Ariat baseball cap, navy blue Under Armor hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and Ariat work boots.

The child has been abducted by Steven Dale Moran, White Male, Red hair, Brown eyes, 5 foot 5 inches tall, weighing 200 lbs, Wearing a blue long sleeved shirt, jeans, tennis shoes and camo front John Deere baseball cap.

For further information contact the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at 540-245-5333 or visit Twitter.com/VSPalerts"

This article originally appeared on Staunton News Leader: Child taken by armed man in Augusta County, sheriff says

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