Arrest made in Amber Alert case. Mom, child still missing

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – An 18-year-old was arrested by Vancouver police on Sunday in connection with an Amber Alert case that was issued the day before, but the four-year-old and the 21-year-old mother police believe abducted the child are still missing. 

Police said Erick Garcia-Valdovinos was arrested on two counts of kidnapping and one count of robbery. 

Esmerelda Lopez and her four-year-old daughter, Aranza Ochoa Lopez, remain missing, according to Vancouver police. Authorities believe Lopez is on her way to Mexico. 

Vancouver police said Lopez ran off with Aranza during a court-supervised visitation at the Vancouver Mall Thursday afternoon.

“I think our main concern is the allegation that she is going to Mexico. That would obviously be a huge safety concern for a young child,” Kim Kapp with the Vancouver Police Department said.

On that same day, police said 23-year-old Jose Orellana-Gomez, an acquaintance of Esmerelda Lopez, was invited to her apartment. After he arrived, Vancouver police said three men “bound him to a chair,” took his car and demanded his credit card PIN. 

Orellana-Gomez eventually freed himself, escaped the apartment and found help.

Lopez, according to Vancouver police, fled from the court-supervised visitation while a search was being conducted at her Vancouver apartment. 

The California Highway Patrol issued the Amber Alert on Saturday after they confirmed Lopez was driving Orellana-Gomez’s stolen red Chevy Cobalt. The Cobalt has a Washington license BLK1552. 

The investigation is ongoing, police said. 

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