Kidnapped child home with grandmother, father facing charges

Courtesy: Gianna Caserta/KPRC

HOUSTON, Texas (KXAN/KPRC)- Jesse Thomas, who police say abducted his daughter in Austin Friday, is in custody after a police standoff in northwest Harris County.

DPS troopers spotted Thomas around 7 a.m. Saturday at FM 1960 and Kuykendahl in Houston.

After a chase, they were able to pop his tires with spike strips. Police say he was riding on his rims for a portion of time before stopping near Highway 249 & Spring Cypress.

Courtesy: Gianna Caserta/KPRC
Courtesy: Gianna Caserta/KPRC

Thomas was reportedly in the driver’s seat of his vehicle with his 2-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Johnson.

He was said to be holding a gun during the encounter.

Jesse Thomas in car
Courtesy: Gianna Caserta/KPRC

Thomas abducted his daughter Friday afternoon from a South Austin home.

Negotiators were able to talk to Thomas via a cell phone they delivered to him.

Thomas surrendered more than two hours later at 9:20 a.m.

Cheyenne returned to Austin after she was returned with her grandparents Saturday afternoon.

Cheyenne Johnson returned home with her grandmother Saturday. (Alex Penrose / KXAN)
Cheyenne Johnson returned home with her grandmother Saturday. (Alex Penrose / KXAN)







The Amber Alert issued for her was discontinued at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

Thomas is facing charges of burglary, kidnapping and endangering a child. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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