By Evan Marczynski / Skagit Valley Herald
MOUNT VERNON — A man accused of forcibly taking his 2-year-old son from a home near La Conner last week, leading the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office to issue an Amber Alert, has been charged in Superior Court.
Ryan Thomas Hall, 25, faces felony counts of first-degree custodial interference and residential burglary, as well as one count of violating a protection order and one count of cyberstalking involving death threats. He is being held in Skagit County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Hall was arrested in Shoreline on Sept. 24, several hours after a protection order was issued for him to stay away from the child and the boy’s mother. Police recovered the boy unharmed and released him to his mother.
Court records show the boy’s mother petitioned the court for a protection order from Hall on Sept. 11. The mother wrote in her petition that she believed Hall presented a serious and imminent threat to both himself and others and that she feared for the safety of herself and her child.
The court granted a one-year protection order on the afternoon of Sept. 24, and a judge ordered Hall to not visit his son before Oct. 8 or interfere with the parental custody of the child’s mother, according to court documents. He was also ordered to stay away from the mother’s residence.
Hall attended the hearing but left before it finished and did not sign the judge’s order, according to a sheriff’s affidavit filed by prosecutors.
A family member baby-sitting the child at the mother’s home called 911 at 2:32 p.m. Sept. 24 to report Hall had entered and taken the boy, according to the sheriff’s affidavit. The caller believed Hall got in by taking a screen off an open window.
About 4 p.m., the mother received a text message that included a photo of the child in a shopping cart along with text that read, in part: “We are doing fine … i never signed anything so i am not knowingly or willingly breaking any laws [sic],” the affidavit states.
While searching for the child, deputies viewed four text messages sent to the mother’s phone from Hall’s number over the course of the previous three days that included threats.
The Sheriff’s Office issued the Amber Alert about 6 p.m., and Hall surrendered to Shoreline police about 7:35 p.m.