Ransom demanded for missing Roanoke toddler

ROANOKE, VA (WWBT) – There is still no sign tonight of a missing two-year-old boy from Roanoke. Police say Aveion Lewis was kidnapped from his home last night, and the search for him has police on alert here in central Virginia tonight.

We're learning more tonight about a ransom note left behind by the three men who broke into the family's home and took the little boy. The family says the kidnappers are demanding $10,000.

Aveion's stepfather says he remembers one thing…

"I opened up door I just felt bam," said Brandon Lockett, stepfather to Aveion.

When Lockett came to Aveion was gone, two other children were unharmed, and a four year old girl was tied up in a bedroom.

"We ran upstairs and un-gagged her. They had her face down too. They had her hands behind her back and mouth gagged," he said.

Aveion's uncle, Chris Ward, says a note was left behind...written on the back of a hospital statement demanding $10,000. And it had Chris's name on it.

"And on the other side of the note said 'nothing personal, it's just business. We'll contact you," said Chris.

Friday morning police issued an Amber Alert for Aveion, looking for a white early '90s SUV.

"If the money is the thing, I got the money, just bring him back home," said Lockett.

Chris still thinks there are parts to the story that don't add up.

"I find it hard to believe they tied my niece up, took my nephews, and still had time to write a note with two different handwritings and get out with nobody seeing them," Chris said.

"We've told everybody what we know just bring him home," said Morgan Lockett, Aveion's mother.

Police have been combing the wooded area near the family's home and checking out surveillance video from nearby businesses. If you know anything call state police at 1-800-822-4453.

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