Infant reunited with mom after being abducted
Police have arrested a man who fled to Mexico after kidnapping his 11-month-old infant from the child’s mother early Wednesday morning. The child has been recovered safely and returned to its mother unharmed.
According to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, at about 12:44 a.m. Wednesday the mother of the infant met with a deputy at the YCSO substation on 8th Street and South Palm Avenue to report 23-year-old Raul Tejeda had taken her child in the 400 block of South May Avenue and was traveling to Mexico.
The mother claimed that while she was en route to the substation, Tejeda rammed her vehicle multiple times in an attempt to prevent her from notifying law enforcement.
Moments later, Tejeda was seen by deputies driving a vehicle toward San Luis, Ariz. — reportedly at a high rate of speed. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but Tejeda did not yield and allegedly attempted to ram one of the patrol vehicles, forcing the deputy off the roadway.
The San Luis Port of Entry was notified of Tejeda’s impending approach, and Customs and Border Protection officers prepared for his arrival by placing spike strips on the road. Able to elude the pursuing deputies, Tejeda blasted through the port of entry, entered Mexico and drove past the Mexican customs entry area without pause.
Mexican law enforcement gave chase and located the abandoned vehicle Tejeda had been driving a short time later but did not locate Tejeda or the infant.
The infant’s uncle later traveled to Tejeda’s residence in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., and located the child unharmed. The uncle then was able to return the infant to its mother.
According to YCSO, Tejeda’s relatives were able to convince him to return to the United States Wednesday afternoon where he was arrested at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis. He will be booked into the Yuma County Adult Detention Center where he faces possible charges including kidnapping and aggravated assault.
The incident remains under investigation.
YCSO encourage’s anyone with any information concerning this incident to call them at 783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.