A man suspected of kidnapping two young girls in California is now in custody in Utah.

The Utah Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Johsua Adle was arrested around 7:30 last night during a traffic stop in Parowan.

Police in Riverside, California say Adle took 18-month-old Darla and eight-month-old Emma Yonko Tuesday following an altercation between the suspect and his girlfriend, who is also the mother of the girls.

He was thought to be taking the girls to Michigan.

Adle and his parents will be held in Iron County to await extradition back to California.

A man suspected of abducting his girlfriend’s children out of California was arrested in Southern Utah by Utah Highway Patrol Thursday.

UHP said a trooper identified the father of the kidnapping suspect as he was traveling southbound on Interstate 15 near Parowan.

As the trooper performed a traffic stop, he spotted kidnapping suspect Joshua Adle as one of the rear seat passengers.

Adle is accused of an 8-month-old girl and 18-month-old girl from their home in Riverside, Calif. without their mother’s permission.

On Tuesday night, Riverside police said the children’s mother and Adle, her live-in boyfriend, were in a verbal and physical and domestic altercation. The woman put her children to bed then left the home.  When she returned about an hour later, Adle and the girls were gone.

Troopers said Adle and his parents were taken into custody without incident. The two girls were found unharmed in the vehicle as well.

UHP said troopers will work with the Division of Child and Family Services to get them back to their mother in California.

Adle and his parents were booked into the Iron County Jail where they await extradition to face formal charges.

Troopers said they knew Adle was in the area thanks to guidance from the FBI Violent Crime Task Force.

UHP called it “a great team effort to bring a good ending to a scary situation.”

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