HOUSTON -- The man accused of stealing a daycare van loaded with kids on Wednesday evening is in custody but has not yet been formally charged, Houston police said.
Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon identified the suspect as Brenton Alex Simmons, 24.
According to police, it was around 8 p.m. Wednesday when a daycare driver stopped at a Jack in the Box along W. Bellfort in southwest Houston. The worker got out of the SUV, leaving five kids between 3 and 11 years old inside.
Police said Simmons, possibly homeless, jumped in the silver GMC Acadia and took off with the kids still inside. An Amber Alert was issued as police searched for the vehicle and missing kids.
Nearly an hour later, the alert was canceled after officers used cell phones and GPS signals to track down the suspect, who had made it to S. Mason and Cinco Ranch near Katy.
The children were not harmed, and the suspect was taken into custody without resisting.
"I'm happy I got my baby," said Sonya Mims, a mother of one of the toddlers. "I got my baby back. I'm happy, but there's no more bus transportation for her. We'll take her ourselves."
Police said a motive for the crime was unknown, but Simmons is possibly homeless. He was captured on surveillance cameras at the restaurant shortly before he took off in the vehicle.
The daycare driver was not facing any charges as of early Thursday. She works for a company called JTD Transportation, a private company that drives kids to various area schools and daycares.
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