Nov 13, 2004
Need For Space Lands Fugitive In Jail
Police say that when Sydney's father James Emery went on the run, his Ford Ranger pick up truck wasn't big enough to cart around his three children and himself.
That would eventually become Emery's undoing.
According to law enforcement officials, when he went on the run Emery took his three children and drove from Texas all the way up to Boise, Idaho.
Once he reached the land of potatoes, he had had enough of packing everyone in.
He needed something bigger.
In Boise, Emery purchased a mobile home. But he obviously didn't think it all the way through.
When the seller asked Emery where the title should be sent, Emery committed a major gaffe.
He gave his true home address in Mt. Vernon, Texas.
Days later, his wife Joey received the title in the mail -- giving cops important new information about what Emery was driving.
BOLO To National Parks
With Emery now behind the wheel of a mobile home, cops were sure that he was staying at parks and campgrounds.
On November 12, 2004, the alert went out through the Department of the Interior Office of Law Enforcement and Security.
That meant any ranger working any national park was now on the lookout for Emery, his children and the mobile home.
It didn't take long.
In the early morning hours of November 13, rangers working in the grandest park of them all, the Grand Canyon, spotted the mobile home.
Cops immediately set up surveillance, knowing that, while Emery is not violent, there were probably three children inside.
Just after 7 a.m., cops say Emery left the mobile home to smoke a cigarette. That was the break cops needed. They swooped in and arrested Emery without incident.
All three children were safely recovered,
and by mid-afternoon the children were back in their mother's arms.
Emery, on the other hand, found himself in the arms of the law, confined to the Coconino County Jail.