Police searching for Zion man after Amber Alert

Updated 8/14/2014 9:28 PM

Police are still searching for a Zion man they say abducted his two children early Thursday morning, triggering an Amber Alert.

The children were safely turned over to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Custody, but police on Thursday night said their father, Dejavonte Finley, remains at large and could be armed and dangerous.


The children's mother, also a Zion resident, reported that Finley forced his way into her residence early Thursday morning, according to a news release from Zion police. The mother told police he hit, kicked, choked and burned her in an effort to force her to go to the Lake County public defender's office to recant her two previous domestic battery cases against him, the release said.

While she was in the public defender's office in Waukegan, Finley remained in the car with the couple's 3- and 4-year-old children, police said. The mother asked someone at the office to call the Waukegan police to report Thursday morning's battery, but before police arrived Finley had driven off with the children in the car, police said.

Zion and Waukegan police activated an Amber Alert for the two children based on Finley's violent past, but it was soon canceled when officials found the children were safely dropped off at a DCFS location by one of Finley's relatives, according to the release.

Finley was last seen in North Chicago. He is wanted on several outstanding felony warrants.

Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

According to the Amber Alert he was driving a dark blue 2006 Chevy Malibu with Wisconsin temporary plates, K7561C.

Anyone with information about Finley should call Zion police at (847) 872-8000.

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