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Standoff ends with man in custody, child safe

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HOUSTON – Harris County authorities have taken a man into custody following a standoff that saw the armed suspect negotiating with police while holding a 2-year-old girl.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the child was uninjured when the standoff, which lasted more than two hours, concluded Saturday morning.

Jesse William Thomas, 33, was taken into custody after authorities had sealed off a Houston-area mall parking lot. Thomas had sat in a car holding the girl as he spoke with police negotiators.

An Amber Alert issued late Friday said the child was abducted from Austin. Her relationship to Thomas was not immediately clear.

Thomas was previously wanted on two counts of aggravated assault on an officer.