Emeryville Child abduction ends peacefully

Published On October 26, 2017 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

The Emeryville PD released a Nixle alert today at 11:18 a.m. alerting subscribers to the child abduction of two month old Keith Ruffin Jr.. The Nixle alert provided the above picture and described Ruffin Jr. as male, 2 feet tall African-American with a light complexion.

The infant’s father, Keith Alvin Ruffin, reportedly arrived at his estranged girlfriend’s residence in the 1000 block of 47th Street at about 9 a.m. and forced his way into the residence. Ruffin allegedly then took the infant and fled the residence. No description of the vehicle Ruffin was driving was provided.

Ruffin does not have legal custody of the infant and did not cooperate with the police, according to the alert issued. Ruffin reportedly threatened to flee the state with the infant.

Less than an hour after the Nixle alert had been posted, NBC reporter Jodi Hernandez broke the news via Twitter that the child had been safely returned to his mother.

According to Patch.com, Ruffin was arrested on suspicion of parental abduction and first-degree residential burglary. He is being held in lieu of $90,000 bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and expected to be arraigned Monday.

Since this is breaking news, we will update this story as new information becomes available.

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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