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Amber Alert canceled after girl found safe; father in custody

A sign for a Best Western on the 100 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue is shown in this image taken Wednesday, June 05, 2013.
June 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Amber Alert for a 2-1/2-year-old girl was canceled Wednesday after police found her safe and took her father into custody.

Authorities say they found the girl and her father at a home in the 1200 block of North Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim at about 11:20 a.m. The girl was unharmed.

The search started when Placentia police say they received a call about a domestic violence incident from a Best Western on the 100 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue at about 4:30 a.m.

Investigators say the male suspect, identified as Tony Nicholas, left the scene before officers arrived.

The 35-year-old reportedly threatened to take his daughter, Natalia Nicholas, across state lines, possibly to Las Vegas. Authorities say he used force and stole the child's mother's purse.


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