WILLOWBROOK — A man who police say assaulted his estranged wife and abducted their 2-year-old daughter from a Staten Island home Tuesday morning was arrested in The Bronx, the NYPD said.
Johnny Woo, 45, was taken into custody on the Major Deegan Expressway around 3 p.m. Tuesday after he took his daughter Kim Woo from a Rossville home, police said.
The alleged abduction prompted New York State Police to issue an Amber alert, claiming the child could be in "imminent danger."
Kim Woo was found in safe condition, a spokesman for the NYPD said. The car was spotted by a civilian who followed it and flagged down police, sources said.
Johnny Woo hit his 35-year-old wife, an off-duty NYPD sergeant, in the torso then forcibly removed their daughter from her home on Ismay Street home, near Forest Hill Road, around 8:45 a.m., according to police and sources.
He then drove away with the child inside a 2014 black Kia Sorrento," according to the alert.
The man's wife was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in stable condition, police said.
The couple is currently getting a divorce, sources said.
Rui Fernandes and his son, Leandro, were driving along the highway when they noticed the Kia and saw it matched the license plate put out in the Amber Alert, according to CBS and the Sergeants Benevolent Association.
They called the police, followed the car and eventually flagged down a School Safety officer who pulled over Woo and arrested him, according to the SBA.
Woo was charged with assault and harassment by police.