Toronto Sun

Thursday, July 26, 2001

HUNT FOR BOY

Police on lookout for mom, boyfriend headed for border

By JASON BOTCHFORD, TORONTO SUN

A distraught father pleaded yesterday for the safe return of his five-year-old son who was taken Sunday in a brazen attack.

Bill March, 39, hasn't seen his son Jonathan since the assault outside his Cobourg-area home that police believe was orchestrated by his estranged wife.

"I miss my son," March said yesterday.

"I just want to see him at home."

March said he was returning home at 11 p.m. Sunday with Jonathan when they found his wife, Kimberlie, and her boyfriend, Robert Argyle, who live in Utah together, waiting in the driveway.

WHITE CAR

March said when he got out of his car to greet them he was suddenly smacked with a wooden pole and left crumpled as he watched the couple place Jonathan into a white getaway vehicle.

He was taken to hospital and treated for head injuries.

During yesterday's emotional plea, March broke down as he tried to relay a message to his son.

"Jonathan, I'm okay. I know I looked like I was pretty hurt that night that you were taken away but don't worry because dad's okay," March said.

"I love you, Jonathan."

Police believe Utah natives Kimberlie, 35, and Argyle, 38, plan to take Jonathan back to Utah.

ASSAULT CHARGE

Border patrols were alerted and police issued a warrant for the couple's arrest on charges of assault and assault with a weapon.

Det-Sgt. Dave Cromlish said police believe the runaway couple is still in Ontario.

March and Kimberlie, who is Jonathan's mother, separated earlier this year when March left their Utah house with Jonathan to return to his family home in Cobourg.

March said the couple was trying to work out custody issues without going to court.

March begged anyone with information on Jonathan's whereabouts to call police.

"Please help return Jonathan to ... his father," he said.

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