Stephen James Alarid is listed on the America’s Most Wanted Web site as a fugitive, but, despite an outstanding warrant for his arrest on kidnapping and domestic violence charges, on Thursday he walked in and out of Pahrump Justice Court.
The Pahrump resident is accused of kidnapping his 6-month-old son, Juliun Alarid, in a Nov. 18 incident that resulted in an Amber Alert being issued across 11 Western states. Alarid was in a custody dispute with the baby’s mother, Staci Warner.
Alarid’s name was added to the America’s Most Wanted site shortly after the Amber Alert was issued. The post was still there Friday morning.
The child was returned to his mother one day after he was taken, but Alarid, at right, remained missing. When he showed up for a court appearance Thursday, Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on hand to take him into custody.
Pahrump Justice of the Peace Tina Brisebell chose not to order Alarid held despite his fugitive status and five pending cases.
A call seeking comment from Brisebell was returned by Court Administrator Kathy Ivey, who said, “When he came to court, he showed up for a case that was not a warrant. He knew when he showed up he had four warrants, and he still showed up.”
Lawyers for the defense and prosecution agreed Alarid wasn’t a flight risk.
“Therefore, he was not detained,” Ivey said. “The warrants were recalled.”