This morning at 0540 hours, the Mother of twin 3-year old girls placed one of the daughters in her gold Honda Odyssey mini-van, started the engine to allow the vehicle to warm up and returned to the house to retrieve her other child. When she walked outside, she discovered that someone had stolen the van with her child still inside. Monterey County's Roadblock Observation Plan for Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) was immediately activated and an Amber Alert for surrounding counties was issued. Every law enforcement agency in Monterey County began assisting. The entire Salinas Police Department, including the Investigations Division was dedicated to the search and the FBI and California Department of Justice were notified. Numerous tips from the public began pouring in county-wide and each tip was acted upon.
At approximately 0800 hours, a resident of an apartment complex in the 900 block of Heather Cir. was aware of the Amber alert, saw a similar vehicle in the complex and notified an apartment maintenance worker. The worker began driving through the complex and located the van abandoned with the child inside. Officers responded and determined the child was unharmed. She was reunited with her family and Salinas Police personnel are currently processing the van for evidence and conducting a search of the premises for the suspect as well as a door-to-door canvass for potential witnesses.
At this point, there is no suspect information and the public is encouraged to call with any information leading to the identification of the person responsible for this crime.
The Salinas Police Department wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the citizens that called, the agencies that assisted and the media for their quick response.