UPDATE at 5:30 PM:
Kirt Kiser, a man initially named a suspect in Wednesday’s statewide Amber Alert, was arrested after leading officers on a Greenville chase, according to police.
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The investigation began with a welfare check on Kiser, who showed signs of “irregular behavior,” police told News Center 7’s Brandon Lewis. When officers tried to talk to him, police said Kiser ran off and chased them through parts from Greenville.
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The chase began at around 3:20 p.m. at the roundabout in downtown Greenville, initial reports show.
The chase ended in the Cypress Street and Central Avenue area when Kiser’s SUV came to a stop. The SUV, a black Chevrolet Suburban, was the same vehicle and had the same license plate as the vehicle alerted in the Amber Alert.
Several police cruisers were damaged during the pursuit. A major police investigation continues at the Wayne HealthCare, where two damaged cruisers are parked and damage to the hospital is visible.
The officers flying the cruisers were not injured and no other injuries were reported.
Kiser faces preliminary charges of criminal assault and more charges are expected, police said.
No criminal charges have been filed after Wednesday’s Amber Alert because the children’s father is a custodial parent and the children were not injured, Greenville Police Chief Eric Roberts said Wednesday.
Roberts added that the incident was not considered a criminal case from the start on Wednesday, saying it was more like a welfare check.
This is an evolving story and we will continue to update this page as we learn more.