A search is over for 2-year-old Colin Matthew Remacle of Lewiston, believed to have been taken by his father, possibly into Wallowa County.
Umatilla Tribal Police Chief Ron Harnden said officers arrested Charles W. Remacle, 39, at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton Thursday, Oct. 8. The child was in good condition.
Police had been searching for Remacle since he picked up the boy from a day care without permission and failed to return him to his mother, Cathy Gropp. She said she repeatedly tried to contact her ex-husband and called police Oct. 5 when he failed to return the child by noon Sunday as expected.
A nationwide felony warrant had been issued for Remacle, and the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office was contacted to be on the lookout because he was known to have visited Troy and Hat Point on several occasions.
Police had been advised that Remacle was bipolar. A subsequent search of his home revealed that he had not taken his medication with him.
Remacle was seen by an alert citizen. About noon on Oct. 8, Grant Asher of Hermiston spotted the vehicle described in the news and immediately called law enforcement. Asher continued following the car and calling in his location by cell phone. Police arrived within minutes of Remacle's arrival at the casino, Harnden said.
Remacle reportedly tried to fight during the arrest.
But police, casino security and one civilian subdued him.
Police booked Remacle into the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton where he is awaiting extradition to Idaho. Remacle was on probation for a domestic violence conviction, had lost his job in the last six months, and now faces a custodial interference charge, a Class C felony in Idaho. Remacle also faces a charge in Umatilla County of resisting arrest.