Ohio highway patrol says twins’ AMBER Alert took longer than normal

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it took a longer time than normal to issue an AMBER Alert for two baby twin boys abducted from the Short North on Monday night, although slow communication from Columbus Police due to a newly purchased car may have also contributed to the delay.

Columbus police were notified of the abduction at around 9:45 pm The police contacted the highway patrol’s watch desk, which is responsible for issuing AMBER alerts, at around 11:41 pm It took nearly two more hours, until 1:37 AM, for the public to receive mobile phone alerts, according to the commander of the watch desk, Capt. Ron Raines, who spoke at a press conference in Worthington on Wednesday afternoon.

“In a best-case scenario, we shoot to have an AMBER Alert activated in about an hour” from being notified by the investigating agency, Raines said. However, he acknowledged that goal was not met.

During a separate Wednesday press conferenceColumbus police Chief Bryant acknowledged that the nearly four-hour delay in the AMBER Alert notification for the alleged kidnapping, which has drawn criticism, was “not ideal.”

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Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Nathan Dennis said during that press conference the nearly four hours between the alleged abduction and the AMBER Alert was because law enforcement had to fulfill requirements under the Ohio Revised Code before it could proceed with the alert.

Columbus Chief of Police Elaine Bryant speaks during a press event about the missing Thomas twins, who were abducted from a Donatos in Columbus on Monday evening when the vehicle they were in was stolen.

Columbus police Deputy Chief Smith Weir also addressed criticism of the delay in the AMBER Alert delay, saying officers had to do a lot of “leg work” to overcome obstacles in a short period of time. Among other things, he said, they had to wake up the owners of a car dealership to get the Vehicle Identification Number and temporary license plate number for Barnett’s Honda to provide to the state Highway Patrol.

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