In a story reminiscent of Cole Puffinburger, 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez was abducted from his home in San Bernadino, Ca. by two gunman. An AMBER Alert has been issued.
San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies said they are looking for two armed suspects and a child they may have kidnapped in Pedley.
Investigators said the two men broke into a home in the 8000 block of Pedley Road carrying hand guns. The men tied up a female adult and her five children, ransacked the home and then took one of the kids.
The missing child is identified as 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez. The boy is 3 feet tall and weighs 40 pounds. He was wearing a yellow shirt with blue sleeves, blue stripped shorts and black sandals.
Deputies said the suspects are two Hispanic men. One is approximately 18 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a skinny build. He was wearing blue jeans and a green t-shirt.
The second suspect is about 24 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, also with a skinny build. He was wearing all black clothing with a white bandana.
The suspects fled the house in an unknown vehicle. The victim said she did not know her attackers.
Anyone with information on the crime or abduction is asked to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at (909) 387-3589.
An AMBER Alert has also been issued in Southfield, Mi. for an abducted unknown child. Police have not released her name or photo but only that she is a 2-year-old black female allegedly abducted by 21-year-old Dekevin Malachi Dorsey who was seen driving a silver Chevrolet Impala with tag # (state not listed) BNK1915
Note: According to MyFox Detroit, she has been found and the alert cancelled.
Update 05-06-09: Mother of kidnapped boy, 3, pleads for his return
“Please, I am asking them to release my son and give him back to me,” a distraught Maria Rosalina Millan implored in Spanish during a news conference at the San Bernardino County sheriff’s station. “He doesn’t owe anything. I don’t owe anything. He’s a good boy.”
Update 05-06-09: Fox News is reporting Police Have ‘Very Good Lead’ in Abduction of 3-Year-Old California Boy however, they haven’t released any information yet. Fox News is suggesting the news will include possible links to a Mexican drug cartel.
Authorities may have a significant lead in the kidnapping of a 3-year-old California boy during a brazen armed robbery, they told FOX News.
A news conference was planned for sometime Wednesday afternoon.
Update 05-09: The photographs aren’t available yet but they could proivde additional leads in the investigation.
Investigators today released surveillance photographs showing a green Ford Bronco leaving the San Bernardino home where 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez was abducted on Sunday, three minutes before his mother dialed 911. They also announced a $50,000 reward in the case.
The footage, taken from an undisclosed local business and the liquor store where Rosalina Millan ran for help after the home invasion robbery, also shows the two men believed to have taken the boy. One segment was taken from a store in the Inland Empire that shows the alleged kidnappers at 7:45 a.m. Friday buying the same kind of tape used to bind Briant’s family during the home invasion robbery. Detectives declined to comment on whether the abduction was premeditated.
“We are confident the suspects pictured (in the footage)…. are responsible for the kidnapping of Briant Rodriguez,” Sherif Rod Hoops said at an afternoon briefing. “We urge the persons who have Briant to drop him off at a hospital, school, police department or fire station. He’s an innocent victim in this and he needs to be home with his family.”
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the recovery of Briant Rodriguez view Surveillance Images of the suspects.
Update 05-16-09: Missing San Bernardino boy may have been found
A boy matching the description of 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez, kidnapped from his San Bernardino home recently, has been found alive in Mexico, authorities said this morning.
But so far there has been no confirmation on his identity.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigators received a call Friday from Mexican officials in Mexicali saying the child was in their custody. The detectives immediately went to Mexico and have spent hours in talks with authorities there.
Update 05-17-09: Briant Rodriguez found safe in Mexico
Investigators confirmed this afternoon that the boy discovered in Mexicali is 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez, who was abducted from his San Bernardino home two weeks ago.
Briant was reunited at 4:15 p.m. with his mother, Rosalina Millan, who flew to Calexico Friday afternoon with San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators. Mexico officials notified local authorities Friday that a boy matching the description of Briant had been found wandering the streets alone in border town Mexicali.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Hubbard said they tried to explain to Briant what was going on so he would be prepared when the boy saw his mother for the first time in 13 days.
“Tears even came to Briant’s eyes. It was a beautiful thing,” Hubbard said. “When his mother came into the picture, he immediately ran to his mother’s arms and they embraced.”
The boy is safe but his head has been shaved. Briant’s missing child photograph showed him with shoulder length brown curly hair, but Millan repeatedly said that her son’s captors could have cut his hair.
Update 05-19-09: Suspects identified
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