JOHNSTON, R.I. — A man suspected of killing two people at a home and then snatching a 2-year-old boy early today is on the run and should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.
A nationwide Amber Alert for toddler Isaih Perez was issued shortly after police were called at 5:20 a.m. to the home in Johnston, a town of 30,000 residents less than 10 miles from Providence.
Police are looking for 22-year-old Malcolm Crowell of Providence, a suspect in the double homicide and in the kidnapping of Isaih, said Deputy Police Chief Daniel Parrillo.
Investigators determined that the victims were killed between 4:30 and 5 a.m. and that Parrillo then fled the home with the child, Parrillo said.
"We don't believe the child was harmed, and we're just hoping that he will be safely returned," Parrillo said.
Crowell might be driving a small black car, he said.
"We are unsure right now if that car is associated with him or not, but it was seen in the area at the time," Parrillo said.
Investigators are still working to determine the relationships among Crowell, the boy and the two homicide victims, Parrillo said. It is unclear whether Crowell was living in the home, was a guest or was uninvited, he said.
"Hopefully we can answer a lot more questions once we get Mr. Crowell here," Parrillo said. "We are starting to talk to family members right now to determine what the relationship with the boy is, but we have not pinpointed that. What he was doing there, we have no idea."
Crowell is 5 foot 6 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes and weighing 145 pounds. He has tattoos on his chest and each forearm.
Police also were trying to obtain a photograph of the child, Parrillo said.
"We don't have a picture; we don't have any identification; we don't have anything at this time," he said.