Police arrest man linked to non-custodial mother who abducted daughter in Vancouver

Police need the public's help finding 4-year-old Aranza Ochoa Lopez (left). Her mother Esmeralda Lopez Lopez is suspected of abducting her (two pictures on the right).

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Police arrested an 18-year-old who is accused of helping a mother who police say abducted her 4-year-old daughter Thursday during a court-supervised visit and could be taking the child to Mexico.

California authorities issued an Amber Alert for the girl, Aranza Ochoa Lopez, and her mother, Esmeralda Lopez- Lopez, who is believed to be driving in a stolen red-colored Chevy Cobalt towards the U.S.- Mexico border.

The Chevy belongs to Jose Orellana-Gomez, who told police that Lopez-Lopez called him over to her apartment under the premise that he give her a ride to Centralia, Washington.

When he got to her apartment, three men grabbed him, bound him to a chair, took his car keys and demanded the PIN to his bank card. He managed to get free and call for help.

As police were carrying out a search of Lopez-Lopez’s apartment on Thursday, they learned she had taken her daughter during a supervised visit at the Vancouver Mall earlier that day.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, someone spotted Lopez-Lopez, her daughter, and a female teenager who was also seen with them at the Vancouver Mall driving Orellana-Gomez’ Chevy in Central California.

Police arrested Erick Garcia-Valdovinos, 18, as one of the suspects in the kidnapping of Orellana-Gomez. The 18-year-old was booked into the Clark County Jail on two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count of first-degree robbery for his involvement in the incidents, Vancouver Police said.

Authorities are still looking for Lopez-Lopez, Aranza, and the red Chevy Cobalt with Washington plates “BLK 1552.”

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.

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