2 young boys found safe following brief Amber Alert

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Two young boys from Lakeville were found safe following an Amber Alert in the Twin Cities early Thursday, and now their father could face charges.

The alert was issued around 4:30 a.m. after the children, ages 4 and 2, were taken by their father who was believed to be suicidal, WCCO says.

A family member called police after finding the man and his two children sitting inside a running vehicle in a closed garage. A hose was connected to the exhaust pipe and routed inside the car, Lakeville police said in a news release.

The man had fled before police arrived, which prompted an Amber Alert to locate the vehicle, the release notes.

The Burnsville Police Department located the vehicle around 5 a.m. near Interstate 35E south and Dakota County Road 42, KSTP reports.

The boys were found unharmed and the suspect was taken into custody.

He hasn't been charged, but potential charges could include attempted homicide, the release says.

This was the second Amber Alert in the Twin Cities in the past week. Last Thursday, a toddler was found safe after she was taken from her day care. The 15-month-old's mother has been charged.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's website, there have been 29 Amber Alerts in Minnesota since the program began in 2002 – all 29 kids have been located.

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