Alert deputy spots truck used in alleged abduction

Michael Travis

Michael Travis

KINGMAN - A Mohave County Sheriff's deputy is credited with spotting the vehicle of a man being sought by Flagstaff police on charges of custodial interference.

An Amber Alert was issued Monday for 6-year-old Brady Travis after he was abducted out of Flagstaff by his father, Michael Scott Travis. Travis violated a court order after he failed to return his son to the boy's mother Sunday night.

According to police, Travis, 49, called the Flagstaff Police Department and threatened to kill the child and himself.

The Amber Alert included a description of both the boy and his father, along with license plate information for a 1996 silver Nissan pickup. Police believed Travis was headed to Cottonwood or Bullhead City when the alert was issued.

Mohave County Sheriff's Deputy Sean Watson was in his neighborhood shortly before 3 p.m. when he saw what he believed to be the suspect's car in front of a home in the 9800 block of Phoenix Drive in Mohave Valley, according to Trish Carter with the Sheriff's Office. Carter said she believed the home belongs to an acquaintance of Travis.

Police responded to the scene and learned that Travis was on the phone negotiating with the Flagstaff Police Department.

Travis was taken into custody without incident. Flagstaff police thought Travis might have a .38-caliber handgun, but no weapons were displayed or found, said Sheriff Tom Sheahan.

Travis was booked into the Mohave County Jail on charges of custodial interference out of Coconino County. Carter said she was unsure when Travis would be transferred back to Flagstaff.