|Robert Barnett. (Photo provided by RCMP)
CALGARY -- A B.C. man accused of abducting his own son was arrested Friday by police in Montana.
An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for three-year-old Alvin Barnett after he was allegedly taken by his father, Robert Barnett, 39, during a supervised visit in Elk Valley, B.C. -- about 290 km southwest of Calgary.
The pair were last seen in a blue Subaru Outback, which U.S. officials later confirmed crossed the border at Roosville -- near Eureka, Mont. -- about 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
With police in nearby Whitefish looking for any sign of the pair, Barnett allegedly approached a man at a bowling alley around 11 p.m. Thursday, asking for money to buy food and gas.
"The resident told him he would meet him in the morning to buy him breakfast and give him some gas money," said Whitefish Police Lt. Bridger Kelch. "I don't think he knew if the son was with him or not, but (the resident) said (Barnett) could park in front of his house and sleep in his car."
When the resident heard about the Amber Alert just after 6 a.m. Friday, he called police, said Kelcher.
"They were both in the car, sleeping," he said on the arrest. "From what I understand, (Alvin) was a little cold and hungry but other than that he was fine."
Robert was taken into custody while Alvin is now being cared for by the Montana Department of Family Services in Kalispell.
"They'll make arrangements to get him back with family in Canada," said Kelch.