Nicole Ruffin, the 32-year-old suspect in the kidnapping of her 5‑year-old son, was arrested on Monday in Spring Arbor after the Michigan State Police received a tip that the boy had been reunited with his father, according to MSP.
Ruffin was charged with one count of custodial interference/kidnapping, which carries a one-year felony charge, and is now being held for trial.
Ruffin was apprehended in Spring Arbor Township at 10:50 a.m. on Monday at the Mobil Service Center on Spring Arbor Road by officers from the Jackson branch of the MSP after a two-week manhunt, beginning after the boy was reported missing on Aug. 31.
“We would like to thank an engaged citizen who called 911 after recognizing them,” the state police said in a statement.
Police named Ruffin the principal suspect in the parental kidnapping case in a press release early in the search. Parental kidnapping involves the taking of a child in violation of the custodial rights of another parent or family member, which was reported by MLive.com last week.