Amber Alert: Man still at large after kidnapping 1-year-old son and child’s mother, police say

A 1-year-old boy and his mother who were kidnapped Monday were found safe, but Los Angeles police were still searching for the man who abducted them earlier in the day.

Luis Avalos, 22, is believed to have kidnapped his son, Ayden, and the boy’s mother, 22-year-old Sabrina Sanchez, from outside a South Los Angeles home, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

Avalos was driving a 2006 Chevy Impala, but the vehicle was located late Monday by West Covina police, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Police also found Ayden and his mother, who were safe and had no major injuries, said LAPD Lt. Clint Dohmen.

West Covina police were continuing to search for Avalos, Dohmen said.


The abduction began shortly after 1:15 p.m., when police say Avalos punched and coerced Sanchez into the Impala after she tried to remove the child from the car.

Police say Sanchez’s mother heard her daughter scream, “Let me go.”

Avalos is a documented gang member who was previously convicted of firearms crimes. He has also been convicted of domestic violence-related offenses and a restraining order is in place limiting his contact with Ayden and the child’s mother.

Avalos is described as bald with brown eyes and standing about 5 feet 6. He has several tattoos, including red lips on the right side of his neck, a rosary around his neck and the name “Sabrina” on his left cheek.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD’s Southeast Division at (213) 972-7828.

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