Police were searching for a man who reportedly kidnapped his 18-month-old baby and the boy's mother, prompting authorities to issue an Amber Alert.
Luis Avalos,22, remained on the run Tuesday morning after the mother and baby were found safe after investigators asked for the public’s help in finding them.
The California Highway Patrol confirmed the car in the abduction had been found in West Covina at 10:42 p.m. The LAPD said the mother and baby were found in their South Los Angeles home by 11 p.m.
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Police said the abduction happened at or near 10400 South Hoover around 1:15 p.m. in Los Angeles. An Amber Alert has been issued for the 1-year-old child, Ayden Avalos. He went missing with his mother, Sabrina Sanchez, 22.
Avalos is considered to be violent and dangerous. He was believed to be driving a 2006 Silver Chevrolet Impala, with California license plate number 7LPF713. The vehicle was later recovered in West Covina on Workman Street.
Police said the Sanchez's mother heard a scream outside her home Monday afternoon. She saw her daughter get out of Avalos' car and throw her purse and cellphone on the ground.
She then ran back to the car to try and get her son. She told police she heard her daughter scream "Let me go," while Avalos punched and forced her back into the car through a window.
Officers called Avalos using Sanchez's cellphone. When someone picked up, they heard her struggling and screaming in the background. When they were finally able to speak with her on speaker phone, she said "I'm fine."
Officers said Avalos is a documented gang member with previous firearms charges, restraining orders against him for both of the victims and has been previously convicted of domestic violence.
Avalos has a bald head, brown eyes, is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left cheek that says "Sabrina," a tattoo of red lips on his right neck and a tattoo of a rosary around his neck.
Anyone who may see him or who has information is asked to call 911.