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Man Is Sought in Baby's Abduction

October 04, 2002|DANIEL HERNANDEZ | TIMES STAFF WRITER

A father who allegedly abducted his year-old son from the child's mother in Los Angeles on Thursday also may be holding her sister against her will and might be headed to Mexico, police said.

Authorities issued a regionwide Amber alert as they searched for Amadeo Medina, 37, who already was wanted on a domestic violence warrant.

Medina woke the child's mother, Debora Salizar, from a nap at her home in the 1600 block of West 59th Street about 1:30 p.m. and said, "Either you come with me or you're never going to see [Felipe] again," Capt. Jim Miller said.

A fight ensued, and when Salizar went outside, she saw her son and her sister Naomi Salizar in the sister's Mercury Tracer. Debora Salizar told police the child and his aunt had left earlier to go shopping.

Debora Salizar tried to pull Felipe out of the car, but Medina drove away, police said.

Police don't know if the aunt was restrained, Miller said, but she "didn't make an effort to get out of the car."

Police said the baby's aunt was being considered a victim.

Medina claimed to have a gun, although none was seen, Police Lt. Horace Frank said.

According to a witness, Medina left the house and made a U-turn, stopping again at the Salizar house and calling to Debora Salizar, "This is your last chance. Are you coming or not?"

A domestic dispute call to the same address four months ago led to the felony warrant for Medina, who fled to Mexicali, Miller said.

The green Mercury Tracer is a four-door model, with the California license plate number 3KDE021, Frank said.

Medina also drives a 1998 GMC pickup with California plates reading 5S32244.

The California Highway Patrol issued a bulletin, saying Medina might be headed for the Mexican border.

The child was wearing a green, striped jumpsuit and brown leather shoes, according to the CHP.

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