Montebello Amber Alert Cancelled, 1-Year Old Found Uninjured

January 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A search was underway Thursday for a man who kidnapped a year-old boy from a recycling center, although the infant later turned up unharmed.

Caleb Castro and his two sisters, ages 4 and 6, were in a red Honda Odyssey parked at SA Recycling at 1545 Gage Road when a man ordered the two girls out Thursday afternoon and drove away with the boy still inside, according to Montebello police.

The children’s mother, intending to recycle some items, had left the keys in the vehicle and stepped about 10 feet from the minivan, police said.

“The mother screamed that her baby was in the car,” a police statement said, adding that the man nonetheless drove the vehicle out of the parking lot and southbound on Gage Road.

An Amber Alert was issued, and someone reported just before 7 p.m. Thursday that the van was parked in the rear of a McDonald’s parking lot at 9333 W. Slauson Ave. in Pico Rivera, according to Montebello police.

Police found the minivan with Caleb inside and reunited the boy with his mother, said Montebello Police Capt. Luis Lopez. The boy appeared unharmed but was taken to a local hospital to be examined, police said.

The Spanish-speaking suspect was described as Hispanic, about 30 years old, with spiked hair. He remains at large.

Video surveillance from the parking lot where the minivan was found showed the vehicle arrive just after 3 p.m. Thursday. The suspect can be seen getting out of the Honda alone after it is parked and leaving the area in a different vehicle, police said. A description of the second vehicle was not
immediately available.

Outside the hospital where the boy was examined, the child’s relieved mother, Maria Castro, told reporters she feels blessed that Caleb was not harmed.

“I just say thanks to him that he left the baby OK and he didn’t do anything to him,” she said of the kidnapper.

Holding her baby in her arms as she spoke, Castro said she had erred in leaving the keys in the vehicle with her kids inside but asked that people refrain from judging her.

“We all make mistakes in different ways,” she said.

Police Searching for Baby Taken During Carjacking: Amber Alert Issued

January 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A parked minivan with a year-old boy inside was stolen from the parking lot of a Montebello recycling center this afternoon as the child’s mother stood by helplessly, police said.

Update: Montebello Amber Alert Cancelled, 1-Year Old Found Uninjured

Caleb Castro and his two sisters, ages 4 and 6, were inside the dark red Honda Odyssey parked at SA Recycling, 1545 Gage Road, when a man ordered the two girls out and drove away about 3 p.m., according to Montebello police.

Baby taken during carjacking in Montebello.

Baby taken during carjacking in Montebello.

The children’s mother, intending to recycle some items, had left the keys in the vehicle and stepped about 10 feet from the minivan, police said.

“The mother screamed that her baby was in the car; however the suspect fled with the vehicle out of the parking lot and southbound on Gage Road,” according to a police statement.

Caleb is Hispanic, about 2 feet tall and 22 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a red Mickey Mouse shirt and black-and-gray camouflage sweat pants.

The suspect, who spoke Spanish, was described as Hispanic and about 30 years old, with spiked hair.

The California license plate number of the minivan is 6TRZ025.
An Amber Alert has been issued. Anyone who spots the vehicle or the child was urged to cal 911.

BREAKING: Amber Alert Issued in Alleged Boyle Heights Kidnapping

May 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A man allegedly kidnapped his 2-year-old biological son today in Boyle Heights and drove off in the child’s mother’s vehicle, police said.

Abraham Vargas, 27, is believed driving an Orange Nissan Quest, license number 7CIN189. The car has tinted windows, with damage on the driver’s said Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman.

The child’s mother—Vargas’s former girlfriend—had obtained a restraining order against him, Eisenman said.

The crime occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Lorena Street, Eisenman said. Vargas is Hispanic and weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans.

His son, identified as Edwin Vargas, is Hispanic, and was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue sweat pants.

Anyone seeing them was urged to call 911, Eisenman said.

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