Amber Alert suspects found walking across lake toward Canada
WXMI / Chippewa County
George Cunningham, Jon Stygler

via WXMI:

WHITEFISH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXMI) -- Two people were arrested after authorities say they tied up several people inside a Chippewa County residence and kidnapped a child, prompting a statewide Amber Alert.

George Cunningham, 53, and Jon Stygler, 68, were taken into custody after being tracked down while walking across Lake Superior toward Canada.

Deputies were called around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday to an address on N Whitefish Point Road in Whitefish Township for a report of a domestic dispute that led to a stabbing.

Authorities say Cunningham and Stygler arrived at the residence and bound and gagged a woman outside before putting her in a parked vehicle. They then went inside and sprayed a man and four children with a chemical, tied them up with zip ties and duct-taped their mouths shut, investigators say.

After tying the victims, the two men began searching the house for one of the suspects’ 5-year-old son, Zephaniau Cunningham, investigators say. During their search, one of the victims was able to cut themselves loose and stabbed at least one of the suspects.

When they found the boy, the suspects fled the scene in a pickup track that was eventually found parked in a driveway 5 miles away from the original scene.

Authorities say the suspects were tracked on foot heading across Lake Superior towards Canada. The men and the child were eventually found 2 miles off the shoreline, where the suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Both suspects are being held on multiple charges including kidnapping, assault, home invasion and child endangerment.

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