LANSING, Ill. (STMW) — Police are searching for a man who kidnapped his 3-year-old daughter for several hours before she was reunited with her mother Thursday night in south suburban Lansing.

Lansing police responded to a domestic disturbance about 8:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of 175th St., according to a statement from police.

Before officers arrived, Marcus Randle-El allegedly forced his way into the apartment of his former girlfriend with a handgun. He took his daughter, 3-year-old Saniya D. Randle-El, and drove off in a black SUV, police said.

The SUV was found a short time later in south suburban Riverdale, but neither Randle-El nor his daughter were inside. Police said a “subject of interest” was taken into custody there.

Illinois State Police issued an AMBER Alert for the girl late Thursday night. Police were in contact with the girl’s family during the search and she was brought to the Lansing Police Department within five hours of the alleged kidnapping, Lansing police said.

The alert was called off about 12:40 a.m. Friday, but officials did not say who returned the girl.

The search continues for Marcus Randle-El, who is considered armed and dangerous, police said. Anyone with information should call Lansing police at (708) 895-7150.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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