Tennessee man, 35 year old Jacob “Jake” Clare, has been arrested in California after kidnapping his 3 year old son and 16 year old niece, as well as sexually assaulting the latter. The son was reported missing, triggering an Amber alert, on November 7th, and Clare was identified by an onlooker who recognized him from surveillance images posted on social media.

 

Clare drove across the country with both of the children, and both of the kids are now safe and back home with their families. He was arrested on Thursday in Dana Point, California, according to AP News. The arrest comes after weeks of multi-state manhunting, but Clare is reported to have gone into custody peacefully. Clare is presently being held without bail in Santa Ana, California’s Intake Release Center, awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

 

The boy, Noah, was reported missing when he wasn’t returned to his Gallatin home after a scheduled visitation with his father. The teen girl, Amber, was reported missing just a few days later in Ohio County, Kentucky. According to authorities and prosecutors, it looks like she went with Clare willingly.

 

Jacob Clare is facing multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, incest, and unlawful intercourse with a minor. This is according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He also faces additional charges in Tennessee and Kentucky. On Monday, it was unknown if Clare had an attorney.

 

News Channel 5 reports that Clare is facing a maximum sentence of 14 years and 4 months for his charges in California, and his kidnapping charges in both Kentucky and Tennessee will be added to the sentence.

 

Reportedly, Jacob Clare didn’t work alone. He gained his silver Subaru Outback, purchased a week before kidnapping his son and later found abandoned on November 13th, with the help of 37 year old Marissa Henson. Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley confirms that Henson is being charged with criminal responsibility for facilitating a felony in Tennessee.

 

The two met in October at Opry Mills, where Clare told Henson he’d be running off with a young family member and his 3 year old son, claiming the latter would be to keep the mother from seeing her child. Apparently, Henson told Clare that all the borders were closed and he’d need to leave by the Mexican or Canadian borders, in which case Clare asked for help finding a car.

 

Henson’s been accused of helping Clare by driving him to Smyrna to buy the car. They also reportedly went to her home, where Clare filled the car with clothing and camping gear, removed the bumper stickers, and tinted the windows. Upon interview, Henson admits to her involvement, and she will be prosecuted in Sumner County. There are still ongoing investigations to determine if any others were involved in helping Clare.

 

Investigators and law enforcement seem determined. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer says, “No parent should have to suffer the trauma of not knowing where their child is and when or if they are ever coming home… The blatant exploitation of these children and the pain and misery the actions of a single individual has caused is unconscionable. These are innocent children and the selfish and depraved acts of this individual ripped a little boy out of the arms of his mother and stole the innocence of a little girl. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will do everything it can to prevent this monster from hurting any more children.”

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.