AMBER ALERT canceled: 4 Topeka children safe, suspect in custody

Topeka Police say a mother took off with her four children, making comments to the father that raised concerns for their safety.
Published: Jun. 5, 2023 at 1:57 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Four children from Topeka were found safe and their mother is in custody, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation says.

The KBI issued an Amber Alert just after 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 5, for Au’Vae Riley, 12; Da’avian Riley Jr., 10; Ty’rell Riley, 7; and Aunila Riley, 5. At 3:20 p.m., they issued an update stating the children were located and the suspect is in custody.

The Topeka Police Department says the children’s mother Dontresha Shabree Thomas took them just after 10:30 a.m. Monday from 2105 SE Swygart Ave. TPD says she made comments to the father that lead them to believe the children were in imminent danger. Thomas was arrested after the incident for aggravated assault, interference with law enforcement, four counts of criminal threat, and four counts of child endangerment.

Topeka Police declined to release any further information as to who found the children or where they were located.


The KBI says Thomas was driving a silver 2009 GMC Acadia with Kansas temporary license plate C953627. Authorities say the SUV has a low-hanging exhaust pipe, cracked windshield, and a dent in the rear hatch below the handle.

The KBI initially released a photo of the Acadia showing a different license plate. A spokesperson told 13 NEWS the photo was from Monday, but it’s believed it now has the temporary tag. The spokesperson did not know the circumstances of how the tag was changed.

Au’Vae is a 12-year-old girl who stands at 4-feet-10-inches tall and weighs about 90 lbs. Da’Avien is described as a 10-year-old boy who stands at 4-feet-6-inches tall and weighs about 70 lbs. Ty’rell is a 7-year-old boy, 4-feet-4-inches tall and weighing about 70 lbs. Aunila is a 5-year-old girl who stands at 3 feet tall and weighs about 40 lbs. All children have black hair and brown eyes.

Thomas, 30, is 5-feet-1-inch tall and weighs about 110 lbs. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray shorts.

Dontresha Thomas, 30, is believed to be driving a 2009 silver GMC Acadia with KS temp tag...
Dontresha Thomas, 30, is believed to be driving a 2009 silver GMC Acadia with KS temp tag C953627.(KBI)

If anyone sees Thomas, the four children, or the vehicle - or has any other information - they should immediately call 911 or the Topeka Police Department at 785-368-9200.