Amber Alert canceled for abducted Vancouver girl, police believe mother took her to Mexico
VANCOVUER, Wash. – Vancouver Police has asked California Highway Patrol to end their Amber Alert for a 4-year-old girl believed to have been abducted by her non-custodial mother during a court-supervised visit last week.
Authorities thought Esmeralda Lopez-Lopez was trying to take her daughter, Aranza Ochoa Lopez, across the Mexico border in a stolen vehicle.
Someone spotted the vehicle – a red Chevy Cobalt with Washington plates “BLK 1552” – in Southern California. A Vancouver Police official confirmed with KATU News they believe she somehow made it across the border.
Lopez-Lopez was visiting with her daughter at the Vancouver Mall under the supervision of Child Protective Services. Records show the girl has been in foster care since last year.
At some point, Lopez-Lopez slipped away with the child, investigators said.
Police later learned of a plot where three men ambushed another man in Lopez-Lopez’s apartment, tied him to a chair, and stole his Chevy Cobalt. The man broke free and called police around the time officers learned the mother had disappeared with the child. Police have since arrested three people related to the kidnapping.
Erick Garcia-Valdovinos, 18, was booked into the Clark County Jail on two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count of first-degree robbery. Police also arrested 18-year-old Francisco Javier Hernandez Reyes and a 15-year-old boy. Each face charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery. Reyes was taken to the Clark County Jail and the boy was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, someone spotted Lopez-Lopez, her daughter, and a female teenager who was also seen with them at the Vancouver Mall driving the stolen Chevy in California. CHP issued a statewide Amber Alert for the girl.
Police fear for the safety of the child, based on her mother’s history.
Aranza was last seen wearing a long-sleeved dark blue shirt with a bulldog on the front, pink pants, and a pair of “Paw Patrol” shoes.
Her mother, Esmeralda, was last seen wearing a red and white striped soccer jersey. Authorities say she is also the suspect in a kidnapping and robbery case in Vancouver.
If you see either of them, call 911 immediately.