August 20, 2009 in Idaho

Kidnapping warrant issued in case of missing boy

Associated Press
 

BOISE — An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for the mother of a missing 7-year-old Boise boy.

Police believe Luca Principali was abducted Wednesday afternoon by a man acting in cooperation with Luca’s mother, 38-year-old Ekatrina Principali of Scottsdale, Ariz. The warrant accuses Principali of second-degree kidnapping.

Boise police issued an Amber Alert for Luca, who was last seen wearing a black Star Wars T-shirt and camouflage shorts. He is 4 feet tall and 60 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

Officers say a man knocked on the apartment door and asked to see Luca because his mother wanted to see him.

The girl who answered the door said she turned her back for a moment, heard a scream, and the man and Luca were gone.

The male suspect is about 45 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 190 pounds with light brown hair and a beard. He may be driving a Chrysler Town & Country minivan with a California license plate. Officers are also trying to find a 2000 Chevrolet Impala with an Arizona license plate.

The boy’s father, Anthony Principali, filed for divorce from Ekatrina Principali in Ada County on Tuesday. Court records say the couple has been separated since July 2008 and that Ekatrina “has not had physical custody or visitation with (Luca) for approximately one and a half years.”

Ada County Magistrate Judge David E. Day on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting both parties from taking the boy out of Idaho. They were also ordered not to interfere with contact between Luca and either parent during the divorce proceedings.

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