Michael Lovely, 23, and Haley Lovely, 21, both originally from Indiana but who had been living recently in Silver Creek, were captured close to 2:15 p.m. EST in Tuscaloosa, Ala., while Haley Lovely was trying to obtain an identification card, said Floyd County police Maj. Tommy Shiflett.
“Haley had gone to the Tuscaloosa DMV office Tuesday, trying to get a new ID. It just so happened their computers were down that day,” Shiflett said.
When Haley Lovely went back in to the DMV office, he said, Alabama state troopers and Tuscaloosa deputies were waiting for her with arrest warrants.
Michael Lovely and the three children were waiting in the parking lot in the 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse he reportedly stole from a Floyd County woman. “They arrested the two and got the kids back without incident,” Shiflett said.
The couple had been on the run from Indiana authorities since Dec. 31, when they fled the state with Haley Lovely’s children and Michael Lovely’s stepchildren Jace Cournoyer, 2, and Kamryn Cournoyer, 1, who were in their grandmother’s custody at the time. They also took 3-month-old Preston Lovely, the couple’s biological child.
They came to Floyd County, staying in a Silver Creek apartment on Cross Ridge Drive. Police became aware of them last month after they reportedly passed stolen checks in Cartersville and in Carrollton, said Floyd County police Sgt. Dallas Battle.
They started looking for them last Friday, when a neighbor told them she had loaned Michael Lovely her Mitsubishi, and it was not returned.
Battle said he feared the worst when a neighbor found Indiana court papers and notes written by Michael Lovely “indicating he had intentions of harming himself and his family.”
Alabama State Trooper Cpl. Chris Ellis said the children are safe and with Alabama Department of Human Resources workers until a relative can take custody. “I understand they are in great health and in great spirits,” he said.
Kokomo, Ind., police Lt. Don Whitehead said finding the children was more important than arresting their parents.
“The main issue was always to get those kids back,” he said.
“Anywhere is better than being with Michael and Haley at this point.”
The couple remained in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on fugitive warrants, Ellis said.
In Floyd County, Haley Lovely faces forgery charges, while Michael Lovely faces charges of forgery and theft of a motor vehicle, Shiflett said.
Whitehead said Michael Lovely had been wanted in Indiana for violation of a custody order. The investigator added that he will meet with Kokomo prosecutors this morning to determine whether any additional charges will be filed against the couple.
It was not known if or when the two would be extradited to Georgia or Indiana