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Utah man accused of kidnapping in-laws arrested

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WEST WENDOVER, Nev. -- A Utah man accused of kidnapping and threatening to kill his in-laws has been arrested in Nevada.

Police say 29-year-old Josh Cronin was tracked down and arrested in West Wendover Thursday. Officials from the U.S. Marshals Office, West Wendover police and Syracuse police worked together in the search.

Josh Cronin
Josh Cronin

Cronin was charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping after he allegedly held his estranged wife's mother and father at gunpoint. Police say Cronin picked up his son for a scheduled visit on Sept. 29 but failed to bring him back.

Cronin later called his in-laws to arrange a meeting at an empty parking lot in Syracuse. The couple assumed he would be bringing their grandson, but instead, Cronin pulled a handgun and threatened to shoot the couple if they didn't take him to their daughter.

The mother-in-law escaped, but the father-in-law was forced to drive around with Cronin until Cronin jumped from the car and ran. The little boy was staying with Cronin's sister and has since been reunited with his mother.

Cronin is currently being held in the Elko County Jail awaiting extradition.

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