WEBSTER LAKE — A Plainville man responsible for a statewide Amber Alert early this morning was taken into custody by law enforcement.

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 12:10 a.m. this morning on U.S. Highway 183 near Saline River Road for an aggravated assault, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Upon arrival, the biological mother, Bobbi Plante, reported the biological father — Bryce McDowell, Plainville — of her two children intentionally forced her to stop along the highway, then drove into her vehicle to damage and disable it.

McDowell then exited his vehicle and removed the two children, then drove away.

Law enforcement initially were unable to locate McDowell, which prompted the issuance of a statewide Amber Alert. He later was located just west of Webster Lake, according to the release, and taken into custody in Rooks County. He since has been moved to the Ellis County Jail.

The two children also were taken into the state’s custody without further incident.

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Rooks County Sheriff’s Office, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children all aided in the investigation and search.