Children safe; Hammond man charged with kidnapping
Press Release from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office:
During the night of November 8, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Joshua Michael Abelseth, 33, of Hammond.
Abelseth was being sought on four counts of simple kidnapping which occurred earlier this week.
Washington Parish investigators learned that Abelseth was back in Washington Parish and likely would take the children back to their grandparents’ house. Sheriff’s Office detectives, patrol deputies and drug task force officers set up surveillance in the vicinity and were able to spot Abelseth drive up to the house and take the children inside. Once Abelseth drove away, officers made a traffic stop on him, arrested him and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on the simple kidnapping charges.
Jennifer Abelseth remains a fugitive and her location is unknown. It is believe that she may be in Alabama, either in the Hoover or Tuscaloosa area or perhaps in the Mobile area, although she could be anywhere. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators, with the assistance of the FBI, are searching for her and are optimistic that she will be located. Abelseth’s options are limited since she has no vehicle and is believed to have no money.
“Great arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our investigators have been working on this non-stop and I am so pleased the children are back home and safe. Joshua Michael Abelseth is in jail where he belongs and I am confident that Jennifer Abelseth will be able to join him as soon as we locate her. Sooner or later, we will locate her, arrest her and put her in jail. Jennifer, if you are reading this, call us and let us know where you are. Make it easy on yourself.”