Update: Missing child suspect arrested

Juan Gomez (Source: Montgomery Police)
Juan Gomez (Source: Montgomery Police)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It was a story WSFA 12 News profiled in mid-August; a 20-month old missing child and the search for a suspect, 24-year-old Juan Roman Gomez.

The baby was found safe a week later after a security guard at Three Flags Apartments saw Gomez knocking on a door at the complex. When no one answered, Gomez handed the child to him and drove off.

While Gomez, who hasn't been seen since that night three months ago, allegedly told the security guard he was heading to Florida, police found him a lot closer to home: on the Atlanta Highway.

Police pulled the suspect over in a Gold Nissan Altima Sunday. He gave officers a false name, but authorities quickly made a positive identification on him through photographs at police headquarters.

The baby, Juan Gomez Missildine, was taken from his mother's home on August 15th in an interference with custody case, a class C Felony.

Gomez now sits in the Montgomery City Jail facing the charge of Giving a False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer. A hold is also in effect for the Montgomery County Jail where Gomez will face the felon interference charge.

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