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updated 8/22/2011 8:43:14 PM ET 2011-08-23T00:43:14

Dallas police have arrested a man suspected of drowning his two young sons after abducting them and their mother while they were walking to school.

Police say 32-year-old Naim Rasool Mohammed forced his 3- and 5-year-old sons and their mother into his car Monday morning by threatening her with a brick, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The children's mother was walking the older boy to his first day of kindergarten, the Morning News reported.

The police report says the 22-year-old woman jumped from the vehicle and flagged down a Dallas County constable, and that the constable notified police but didn't give chase.

Police issued an alert seeking Mohammed and later announced his arrest. The Fire Department says a woman called to report that her son drowned her two grandchildren and that she had their bodies. The boys were taken to Children's Medical Center in Dallas where they were pronounced dead, according to the Morning News.

Police arrested Mohammed in a creek bed around 1:15 p.m., shortly after his son's bodies were found around noon, the Morning News reported. Mohammed fled to the creek bed while being pursued by police, reported NBC Dallas/Fort Worth.

Investigators are still working to determine where the children were killed, reported NBC Dallas/Fort Worth.

Police said Mohammed and the boys' mother have another child together as well. NBC Dallas/Fort Worth reported that Mohammed attempted to abduct the third child from another location but he was thwarted by relatives.

Mohammed was being held at the Dallas County Jail. Online records, in which his last name is spelled "Muhammad," showed he did not have an attorney representing him.

Mohammed has previous convictions for possession of marijuana, burglary of a vehicle, theft by check and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reported NBC Dallas/Fort Worth.

In September 2009, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony, and received five years' probation. According to court records, which also spell his last name Muhammad, the charge stemmed from a complaint from his sister that he had struck her in the head with a hammer.

Mohammed also has convictions for burglary of a vehicle, theft by check and marijuana possession, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety's online data base.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.

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