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Charges: Father who sparked Amber Alert was hiding in back of family's van

Jeffrey Lo has been charged with four crimes.
Jeffrey Lo

The father accused of abducting his children, sparking an Amber Alert on Friday, was hiding in the back of the family van as his estranged wife took them to daycare.

Jeffrey Lo, 24, commandeered the van at 6:30 a.m. Friday in Cottage Grove, emerging from the back of the van and pistol-whipping his wife in the face as she backed out of her parents' driveway.

Lo's wife managed to escape and raise the alarm, running to the car behind and alerting the driver.

According to a criminal complaint, the mother – with the aid of the following driver – tried to follow Lo as he sped away with their two children, aged 1 and 3.

It prompted an Amber Alert shortly after, with the children deemed at serious risk of harm given that Lo was in possession of a gun.

He was eventually found clutching to his unharmed children under some bushes in Hidden Valley Lane, Cottage Grove, about four hours later.

It emerged that the relationship between Lo and his wife had ended 2-3 months ago after they'd been together for five years, with Lo's wife getting full custody of their kids.

He was due to have visitation with his children on Saturday, supervised by his ex as a result of a court protection order, but said his ex had stopped communicating with him and they'd gotten into an argument outside her house on Thursday, the day before the alleged abduction.

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After hiding in the minivan, Lo claims he tried to talk to his wife about spending the day with the kids, but she slammed on the brakes, causing him to vault into the front seat.

He then said "he became angry and his emotions took over," admitting what he did was wrong.

He has been charged with three weapons offenses, including one of firearm kidnapping, as well as a domestic violence charge for violating a protection order, which stipulated no contact with his ex except during supervised visits with their children.

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