VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) – Vancouver police have arrested a man in connection with a kidnapping and robbery that’s linked to the abduction of a 4-year-old girl.
On Sunday, police arrested 18-year-old Erick Garcia-Valdovinos with two counts of kidnapping I and one count of robbery I.
Police were contacted Thursday after a passerby found a man, 23-year-old Jose Orellana-Gomez, in the area of 3409 NE 62nd Ave. in Vancouver.
Orellana-Gomez told police he had been invited to the apartment of Esmeralda Lopez-Lopez on the premise of helping her by giving her a ride to Centralia, Washington.
Police said when Orellana-Gomez arrived, three unknown men appeared, tied him to a chair and told him they were taking his car and demanded his credit card PIN.
Orellana-Gomez managed to free himself, escape from the apartment and find help.
While police were in the process of executing a search warrant on Lopez-Lopez’s apartment, officers were approached by a CPS worker, who reported that Lopez-Lopez had fled with her child, 4-year-old Aranza Ochoa Lopez, during a supervised visit at the Vancouver Mall earlier that morning.
Investigators learned that Lopez-Lopez was likely on her way to Mexico with her daughter.
Police confirmed that Lopez-Lopez, her daughter and a teenage girl who had also been seen with Lopez-Lopez at the mall, had been spotted driving Orellana-Gomez’s red Chevy Cobalt with Washington license plate BLK1552.
The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert Saturday. However, CHP later reported the Amber Alert was canceled at the request of the Vancouver Police Department.
***This AMBER Alert has been deactivated at the request of the Vancouver WA Police Department. The suspect and victim are believed to be in Mexico.*** https://t.co/EMZwMcDbQA— CHP - Alerts (@CHPAlerts) October 29, 2018
Lopez-Lopez has not been located but authorities in California are working with Vancouver police.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.
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