Authorities are searching for a 22-year-old man they say kidnapped a woman and her two young children from a house in Powder Springs on Monday.

An amber alert was issued just before 2:30 p.m. for a 2016 white Kia Sorento that Powder Springs police said kidnapping suspect Armando Jose Portilla was driving.

Late Monday afternoon the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed kidnapping victims Yajaira Lira Ramirez, 23, and her children Scarlet and Kael Lira, aged 1 and 2, managed to get free of Portilla in South Carolina.

"I can confirm they are safe in S.C. and we have cancelled the AMBER alert," GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said.

Portilla was originally thought to be heading to California. He is considered armed and dangerous, Powder Springs police said in a press release Monday.

He allegedly took by force, using a knife, the woman and her children against their will, Powder Springs police said.

The children and their mother were in extreme danger, the GBI posted on its public Facebook page Monday afternoon.

The GBI said the license plate on the Kia Sorento is CAP7259.

The kidnapping occurred around 2 a.m. at 3793 Forest Hill Road in Powder Springs, which is a house just behind a Family Dollar store on Powder Springs Road in west Cobb.

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