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Man suspected in Amber Alert arrested after I-99 crash

I-99 crash scene where man was arrested in Amber Alert case

Oscar Hernandez was arrested at about 11:15 a.m. Friday in College Township after a crash on Interstate 99. The man, the suspect in a stabbing homicide, abducted his 6-year-old daughter Aylin in Connecticut.
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Oscar Hernandez was arrested at about 11:15 a.m. Friday in College Township after a crash on Interstate 99. The man, the suspect in a stabbing homicide, abducted his 6-year-old daughter Aylin in Connecticut.

Police in Centre County arrested a man, the suspect in a stabbing homicide, who allegedly abducted his 6-year-old daughter.

Aylin Sofia Hernandez’s father Oscar Hernandez, police said, abducted her and traveled in a silver 2017 Hyundai Sonata after the killing in Bridgeport, Conn.

A Philipsburg state trooper spotted the vehicle at about 11 a.m. Friday and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Hernandez would not pull over, causing a pursuit. Hernandez struck a tractor-trailer at about 11:15 a.m. in Benner Township on Interstate 99 near the Shiloh Road exit. Two state trooper vehicles were also involved in the crash.

Hernandez, 39, was arrested and taken to an undisclosed hospital for injuries. The girl and two state troopers suffered minor injuries.

Criminal and traffic charges will be filed against Hernandez in Centre County.

Northbound I-99 lanes were closed near the Shiloh Road exit, and traffic was redirected for more than three hours.

Aylin’s abduction triggered Amber Alerts in several states.

“Obviously, we’re certainly concerned about the 6-year-old’s well being,” Bridgeport Police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald told the Hartford Courant early Friday. “We want to get her home safe.”

Connecticut police suspect Hernandez took his daughter from the scene of a homicide at his Bridgeport home, according to the Hartford Courant, which reported that a survivor in the stabbing is in the hospital and expected to live.

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