15-year-old St. Paul girl safe after alleged abduction, Amber Alert
A 18-year-old man was jailed on a possible kidnapping charge after allegedly abducting an ex-girlfriend in St. Paul Monday, setting off an Amber Alert, authorities said.
The ex-girlfriend was found unharmed shortly after midnight at a residence on the city’s West Side, close to where the kidnapping occured.
According to police spokesman Tom Walsh, detectives were able to track down the suspect and the ex-girlfriend, Jacqeline Mendoza, 15, of St. Paul, after the suspect asked the girl to call the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office in what authorities believe was an attempt to throw officials off after the suspect learned about the Amber Alert.
The girl, a runaway since Oct. 28, was returning to her mother when she was taken. She was turned over Tuesday to child-protection authorities.
According to the Star Tribune, police announced late Tuesday afternoon that they had arrested a 38-year-old St. Paul woman who allegedly assisted the abduction. But the Pioneer Press reports the woman as 28-year-old Elizabeth Garcia.
The Press said she was with the suspect, David Guzman, when he allegedly grabbed Mendoza off a street, and later helped police located the couple, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
After the Amber Alert was issued on Monday, investigators located Garcia through cell phone records. After being arrested and brought to the St. Paul police department, she provided information about where Guzman and Mendoza might be.
Police said she was released pending further investigation.
Police went to Guzman’s apartment in the 700 block of Stryker Avenue, where they found Guzmas and Jacqueline, about midnight.
Officers then arrested Guzman, who is being held in the jail and is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.