Boys found:

Man, 2 sons found in Austin ho­tel af­ter tip; hand­gun, ‘large sum of money’ found.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Farzad Mashhood fmash­hood@states­man.com Boys B Daniel Cleary

Two boys from Ge­or­gia who were re­ported miss­ing last week and were found at an Austin ho­tel were wait­ing for their mother to come pick them up, po­lice said Sun­day.

Two boys from Ge­or­gia who were re­ported miss­ing last week and were found at an Austin ho­tel were wait­ing Sun­day for their mother to come pick them up, po­lice said.

“The boys are fine and do­ing well ... I checked on them my­self last night,” said Austin po­lice spokesman Cpl. Wuthipong Tan­taksi­nanukij.

Brothers Ben and Henry Cleary — ages 9 and 7 — had been vis­it­ing with their fa­ther, Daniel Cleary, of Roswell, Ga., and were sup­posed to re­turn home last Wed­nes­day; an Am­ber Alert was is­sued Thurs­day.

Daniel Cleary, 46, was ar­rested Satur­day while walking out of a ho­tel room in North­west Austin, Tan­taksi­nanukij said. Po­lice re­ceived a tip from a woman who was also stay­ing at the ho­tel and who rec­og­nized the boys af­ter see­ing them on CNN and called 911.

Af­ter Cleary was ar­rested, po­lice found a hand­gun and “a large sum of money,” Tan­taksi­nanukij said.

He de­clined to say ex­actly how much money was found. In­for­ma­tion on where the weapon and money were found was also not re­leased.

Cleary re­mains in the Wil­liamson County Jail, held on two felony war­rants — one for in­ter­fer­ence with child cus­tody and an­other for in­ter­state in­ter­fer­ence with child cus­tody, Tan­taksi­nanukij said.

The boys’ mother, Theresa Nash, was plan­ning Sun­day to come to Austin from Ge­or­gia, Tan­taksi­nanukij said.

Po­lice are still try­ing to fig­ure out why Cleary was in Austin, where he was stay­ing at the Cross­land Econ­omy Stu­dios, a ho­tel just off U.S. 183 near An­der­son Mill Road.

Nash ap­peared on CNN ear­lier Satur­day, ask­ing for help in find­ing her chil­dren and telling her chil­dren to call her.

When news of Cleary’s ar­rest and the boys’ lo­ca­tion broke later Satur­day, CNN an­chor Don Lemon said he had spo­ken with Nash, who said: “I’m ec­static. I’m in shock.”

“You don’t want to paint him out there as some crazy man. He’s not want­ing to harm his chil­dren. This is a fa­ther

Ben Cleary

Henry Cleary

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