Mijito Johnson

A photo of Mojito Johnson posted on social media by Cheyenne Police Department. Johnson is accused of abducting Gregory Marks, a 1-year-old, after hitting his pregnant mother multiple times. Johnson was arrested in Aurora, Colorado, Thursday night.

CHEYENNE – The 1-year-old child who was abducted Thursday from Cheyenne was found safe later that night in Colorado.

Gregory Marks was recovered by the Aurora Police Department at a home in Aurora, Colorado, around 10 p.m. Marks was abducted from Cheyenne earlier in the day by his mother’s boyfriend, Mijito Johnson, 26, of Cheyenne.

According to the Cheyenne Police Department, Johnson allegedly struck Marks’ pregnant mother multiple times before taking Marks from her arms and fleeing to his brother’s house in Colorado.

An Amber Alert was issued in Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma, prompting a multi-state search for the abducted child.

Aurora Police Department officers found Johnson’s vehicle abandoned in a parking lot and located him a short distance away at his brother’s residence.

Johnson remains in police custody in Colorado, and a warrant has been issued for his extradition to Wyoming for interference with child custody and two counts of aggravated assault against a pregnant woman.

The Cheyenne Police Department expressed its gratitude to everyone who called in with tips on this case, and to the local and federal law enforcement agencies that assisted in Marks’ safe recovery.

Ramsey Scott is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government reporter. He can be reached at 307-633-3124 or rscott@wyomingnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RamseyWyoming.

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