Wife, daughter found safe after alleged kidnapping in Lancaster; husband sought

A photo of a silver sedan above images of a man, an infant girl and a woman
Authorities issued an Amber Alert after Efrain Sanchez, lower left, allegedly kidnapped his wife, Sabrina Sanchez, and infant daughter, Itzel Sanchez, in Lancaster. He was last seen driving a silver 2007 Buick Lucerne.
(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
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Authorities found a woman and her infant daughter after they were believed to have been kidnapped Sunday from their home in Lancaster by the woman’s husband, who also is suspected of having sexually assaulted a family member, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Sabrina Sanchez, 32, and her 2-year-old daughter, Itzel Sanchez, were found Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, according to authorities.

Efrain Sanchez, 25, is armed and remains at large, authorities said.

He forced his wife and their daughter to leave their home at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s Department said. He recently threatened to kill his wife and daughter and had previously sexually assaulted a family member, according to the Sheriff’s Department.


The single-vehicle crash happened shortly after 4 a.m. on the 710 at the 91 Freeway connector, according to the California Highway Patrol.

June 26, 2023

Sanchez is believed to have a handgun. He was last seen driving a silver 2007 Buick Lucerne with Colorado license plate AUI-X94, according to authorities.

Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau Tip Line at (562) 946-7893 or the Lancaster sheriff’s station at (661) 948-8466. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or online at