Lacking Hammond youngster discovered protected; uncle in custody, police say

HAMMOND, La. (WVUE) – A 8-year-old boy that was reported missing Wednesday morning has been returned home and is safe.

Chaz Wilson, 8, of Hammond, was reported to have last been seen at his North Scanlan Street residence Tuesday morning and is now reunited with his family.

The boy’s uncle, Marlin Wilson, 41, was arrested and is in custody in connection with his disappearance.

The City of Hammond administration confirmed that Marlin Wilson was arrested as a suspect of attempted armed robbery back in February.

Marlin Wilson, 41(City of Hammond)

In that case, Wilson was accused of forcing a victim to remove money from their bank account at a gas station’s ATM. Police say that Wilson allegedly approached the suspect at a hotel on Westin Oaks Drive, a street with several hotels near Highway 190 and the I-55 corridor, and demanded money. A gas station employee noticed the unusual activity and came outside to tell Wilson to leave who took off on foot. Police were able to identify him on surveillance video and arrested him shortly after.

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