Update: Jordyn Washington, 2, and Lynn Roby, 3, have been found safe on Thursday afternoon, March 15, according to police. The children were found safe and healthy at their paternal grandmother’s home and were taken to Markham Police Department.
An amber alert was issued on Wednesday afternoon, March 14, after Illinois State Police said two children were taken by their father who is a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred earlier in the day. Police have said that they believe the children are in danger.
Police are looking for 2-year-old Jordyn Washington and 3-year-old Lynn Roby. The two girls were last seen in Markham, Illinois, in a silver 2004 or 2005 Chevrolet Malibu or Impala.
They are believed to have been taken by their 40-year-old father Lynn Washington who police say is armed and dangerous, reported the Chicago Tribune.
“He is considered armed and dangerous based on his criminal history and our investigation,” Markham Police Chief Mack Sanders told the newspaper.
Sanders said the children’s mother, Lakisha Washington — believed to be in her late 20s — was killed in a domestic shooting at a gas station at 167th Street and Pulaski Road in Markham at around 1:30 p.m. earlier on Wednesday.
Lakisha was returning from a club in another city when she got into an argument with Lynn Washington.
“She was in the car and it was a domestic incident involving him and her, and she wound up getting shot,” Sanders told the newspaper.
Police said the children were with a family friend at the time of the shooting. The family friend said they were not aware of the shooting when the children’s father came to pick them up.
The 40-year-old is prohibited from having any contact with the children according to a protection order that was issued on Nov. 30, reported the Tribune.
According to the alert, which was issued at 9:55 p.m. by Illinois State Police, both children are black and have brown hair.
Lynn Washington has tattoos on neck, left arm, right arm, and chest.