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Nov 16, 2012 3:26 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Details emerge in Whitefish Amber Alert arrest

KALISPELL - More details are emerging in the arrest of a Canadian man in Whitefish who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued Thursday.

The Flathead County Sheriff's Office reports that Robert Barnett was arrested in his vehicle in Whitefish at around 6:45 a.m. on Friday.

Barnett allegedly abducted his three-year-old son during a supervised visitation in Fernie, B.C. on Thursday.

Authorities say Robert Barnett crossed into the United States near Eureka on Thursday. Dave Leib with the Sheriff's office says Robert approached a man at a bowling alley in Whitefish to ask for money and borrow the man's cellphone on Thursday.

The man agreed to buy Robert Barnett breakfast in the morning, and told Robert he could sleep in his car outside the man's house, according to a news release.

Leib says the man realized that Barnett was the subject of an Amber Alert on Friday and called 911.

"The AMBER Alert program was designed to allow law enforcement to get the word out quickly to neighboring communities and to involve as many officers and citizens as possible in the search effort. That's exactly what happened in this case," Leib said.

Barnett was arrested without incident by officers from the Whitefish Police Department and the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, according to Leib.

The three-year-old child was found safe and is now in the custody of the Department of Family Services in Kalispell.

We'll have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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