An Amber Alert has been issued for a 13-month-old toddler who has allegedly been abducted by a man, earlier thought to be her own father. According to KTLA, the incident happened near Antelope Valley. According to initial reports, the mother of the child was sexually assaulted before the abduction.
The man, identified as 38-year-old Jonathan Holmes, was staying with the child’s mother at a Motel 6 in Palmdale. He allegedly kidnapped the woman at around 3 a.m. on July 18 and then went on to sexually assault her. Later, he abducted the woman’s 13-month-old daughter and drove off. It remains unclear where the assault took place,
The 13-month-old baby has been identified in the Amber Alert as Penelope Rodriguez. The mother of the baby reported the kidnapping incident to the police at around 6:45 a.m. local time. Officials are investigating why she did not report the incident earlier.
Meanwhile, Robert Holmes has been described by police as a 38-year-old black individual standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing around 170 pounds. The toddler is described as a Hispanic who was last seen wearing a yellow sleeper-style jumpsuit. There are no pictures of either of them as of now. The Amber alert page might be updated later with their pictures.
The Amber Alert message adds that Holmes was last seen driving a four-door, brown, 2001 model BMW sedan with a California license plate number 7EVA549. The initial SMS’s that were sent had erroneously reversed two numbers of the license plate. Nevertheless, should you come across a BMW with a similar license plate, you might want to alert your local law enforcement agency.
The relationship between Holmes and the abducted child’s mother remains unclear.
Should you have any information about the abducted child, you might want to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station at 661-948-8466.
The news about this fresh Amber Alert comes just a day after the Inquisitr had reported about another alert issued for 8-year-old Everett Streko. That alert issued by police in Somerville, New Jersey, said that the child’s parents are wanted for child interference.
We will update this post once new information comes in.
Update: The Amber alert has been cancelled. The toddler has been found, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department.
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