Man arrested in kidnapping of 4 kids in Washington Parish; woman sought

Man arrested in kidnapping of 4 kids in Washington Parish; woman sought
Joshua Michael Abelseth, 33 (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office)

WASHINGTON PARISH, La. (WVUE) - One person is in police custody for the kidnapping of four children from Washington Parish, according to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Officers located and arrested Joshua Michael Abelseth, 33, whose last known address was Brandon Drive in Hammond.

Abelseth was wanted on four counts of simple kidnapping which occurred earlier this week.

Joshua Abelseth and Jennifer Abelseth lost custody of their children through a court order.

Investigators learned that Abelseth was back in Washington Parish and would likely take the children back to their grandparent’s house.

Detectives, patrol deputies, and drug task force officers set up surveillance in the area 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 simple kidnapping charges.

Jennifer Abelseth remains a fugitive and her location is unknown.

Jennifer Abelseth is wanted by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office for the kidnapping of four children
Jennifer Abelseth is wanted by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office for the kidnapping of four children (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)

It is believed that she may be in Alabama, either in the Hoover, Tuscaloosa, or Mobile areas, although police say 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.

The sheriff’s office says investigators believe Abelseth has no vehicle and is believed to have no money.

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