2 men charged in connection with dispute that triggered Amber Alert for mother and baby in Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Two men are facing criminal charges in connection with an incident in Dartmouth that triggered an Amber Alert and a frantic search for a mother and baby boy on Thursday, officials said.

Officers responded to Tucker Road just before 11:30 a.m. for reports of several people arguing before they discovered that one of the men involved in the altercation, Jeremias Cabral, 21, of Fall River, allegedly forced his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Hannah Benson, and her 6-month-old son, Grayson, into a Mitsubishi Lancer at knifepoint, according to police.

The driver, Michael Abrantes, 28, of Fall River, fled the scene, prompting officials to issue the alert amid concern for the well-being of both Benson and her child, who were later found unharmed in Fall River.

Both Cabral and Abrantes were also located and taken into custody.

Detectives said Benson disclosed that she and the child had not been abducted, and had left willingly without being threatened.

As a result of the incident, Cabral was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon and larceny, and Abrantes was charged with possession of both a Class A and B drug.

In a statement, Dartmouth Police Chief Brian P. Levesque said, “I am extremely pleased that there were no injuries as a result of this incident, and I would also like to acknowledge the exemplary teamwork put forward by all of the involved agencies.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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