RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Roanoke Police Department has established a command center inside the department as part of the investigation into the Thursday abduction of 2 year old Aveion M. Lewis.
Computer software belonging to the FBI is being used to gather tips from the community and organize the information to better assist officers in their investigation. The command center will be staffed 24 hours a day by officers and police civilian personnel.
The department continues to receive tips from the community regarding the abduction of Aveion. The Roanoke Police Department is the lead agency in this investigation, and is being assisted by the FBI and the Virginia State Police. Investigating officers are distributing flyers of Aveion citywide.
Officers have re-canvassed the area where the incident occurred. That area has also been searched by k-9 teams and a Virginia State Police helicopter that has the capability to pinpoint a person's location by detecting their body heat. The helicopter search included the Roanoke River and a wooded area near King Charles Avenue. Officers are also reviewing surveillance video from businesses in that area.
Officers responded on January 14, at 6:41 p.m. to an apartment in the 2100 block of King Charles Avenue in Roanoke. An adult female stated that her two year old son, identified as Aveion M. Lewis, was abducted from her home.
The initial investigation indicates that three or more suspects entered the apartment. An adult male in the apartment advised that he was assaulted and knocked unconscious. When the male awoke he advised that Aveion was missing and a four year old female child was bound and restrained.
The Virginia State Police has issued an Amber Alert. Today, teams of officers with the Roanoke Police Department are being assisted by agents from the FBI to re-canvas the area, going door to door to speak with residents who did not answer their doors or were not home last night.
The suspects are described as three black males. The first male is described as a black male with a dark complexion. His age is estimated as late 20's. He is approximately six feet two inches in height with a medium build. He has a full beard and was wearing all black clothing. The clothing included a black hooded sweatshirt, a black jacket with fur around the hood, and a black scarf on his head.
The second suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion. His age is estimated as late 20's. He is approximately five feet 11 inches in height with a medium to muscular build. He wore a dread lock hair style and his eyes were described as small or slanted. He wore a red Saint Louis Cardinals baseball cap. The third suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion. His age is estimated as early 20's. He is five feet 11 inches in height with a thin build. He wore a brown kit cap with a rim and white writing on it, a white shirt, and blue jeans. The suspects were possibly traveling in a large white SUV.
Call 1-800-822-4453 if you have any information.