Abington: Children Located, Woman Arrested in Parental Kidnapping

****AMBER ALERT CANCELED****

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An Abington woman faces charges in an alleged home invasion and parental kidnapping.

An Amber Alert issued by Massachusetts State Police and Abington Police was canceled earlier after the children were located, and the mother arrested.

This was issued around 2:30 p.m. today (Thursday, August 6) for two children police say were kidnapped from their father’s home by their mother.

The mother, Bruna Gomes, 33, was driving a 2007 Nissan Quest blue minivan. She was arrested in Yarmouth, where police say her car was seen earlier. 

Police believe Gomes was headed to Cape Cod or the islands; she apparently has ties to the Hyannis area. 

 

Bruna Gomes, 33 of Abington is believed to have kidnapped her two children from their father the morning of Thursday, August 6.

Bruna Gomes, 33 of Abington is believed to have kidnapped her two children from their father the morning of Thursday, August 6.

The children are Nathalia Portela Coelho, 7, and Nathan Portela Coelho, 8.

Nathalia Coelho

Nathalia Coelho

Nathan Coelho

Nathan Coelho

Abington Police Chief David Majenski said the incident began around 9 a.m. today, when Abington Police responded to a report of a home invasion at 94 Walnut Street.

Bruno Coelho told police the mother of his children, Gomes, knocked on his apartment door and saying, “Abington Police, open the door.”

Chief Majenski said Gomes waited until a caretaker answered the door, then sprayed the person in the eyes with pepper spray. 

Gomes then forcefully entered the apartment and physically removed her two children from the apartment, and fled the area with them. 

Police said they were concerned for the health and welfare of the children and were treating the incident as a parental kidnapping and home invasion. 

Majenski said multiple departments and agencies aided in the children’s safe return. “That is the beauty of it; we had everything from our local partners, all the local communities, local police departments; state police certainly played a big part in it by issuing the Amber Alert,” said Majenski. “And, we actually had help from the FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigations]; we had two agents who were making their way down to Yarmouth to assist us.”

But, said the chief, arguably the biggest partner in the search was “the power of social media.”

“We had, within ten minutes, over a thousand shares of people getting the information out,” Majenski said of the police department’s initial post issuing a “Be On the Lookout” alert for Gomes and her vehicle.”It was just so helpful for us to locate these kids in a safe manner.”

The chief said Gomes is being transported by Yarmouth Police to Abington, and will be arraigned in Brockton District Court Friday.

Majenski  the state Department of Children and Families is now involved in the case through the Yarmouth Police Department, but he anticipates both children should soon be reunited with their father.


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