Amber Alert Cancelled For Toddler in Mercer County

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MERCER COUNTY — Update 3:50 p.m. According to troopers, Ariella Downs was safely located in Reading, PA.


Pennsylvania State Police has issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert for the Sharpsville Police Department Mercer County.

According to troopers, an eight-month-old was abducted from 331 Canterbury Court in Sharpsville, PA at around noon.

Investigators believe that child, Ariella Downs, may be with Antonio Velazquez-Rupert, 36.

Velasquez is 5’10” with brown eyes and drives a dark green Ford Explorer with Ohio plates reading GGD-7760.

Troopers advise drivers to not approach the SUV if you see it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or the Sharpsville Borough Police Department at 724-662-6110.


  • nonsense

    Another abuse of Amber alert. This was a domestic parent against parent custody disagreement. Such a waste of a good system! The alert should be only used in situations os actual kidnapping. Example: Pedo in a van near the park swipes kid off swingset and drives off. People need to stop ruining a good system we habe in place and solve their child custodial issues in court.

    • I hate stupid people

      Quite intelligent you are! It’s not like he took the girl and went all the way across the state. What? He did do that? If you are not smart enough to know, Mercer County borders Ohio. It’s not like he is accused of homicide. Wait…he is? You’re right, Nonsense! This was a total abuse of the system! Idiot!

    • I hate stupid people

      Are you dumb? Look it up! I tried posting a link to a better article for you, but of course WNEP’s moderators are still moderating…

  • Angie Goodwin

    Please read article it says “troopers advise to approach vehicle”. I think you meant “not Approach”.

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