May 17, 2009 in City

Kidnapped boy found in Mexico

Gillian Flaccus Associated Press
 

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A 3-year-old boy abducted from his family home in San Bernardino nearly two weeks ago by two armed men was reunited with his mother Saturday after police found him wandering a Mexican border town’s streets, sheriff’s officials said.

The reunion took place in the California border city of Calexico, a day after detectives and FBI agents received a call from officials in the neighboring Mexican city of Mexicali saying they found a boy that could be Briant Rodriguez, San Bernardino County sheriff’s Lt. Rick Ells said.

Ells said a police officer in Mexicali found the boy walking the streets late Thursday. The officer initially thought the child was from the neighborhood and took him to several houses seeking his family before leaving him in child protective custody. Mexican authorities did not realize who the child was and didn’t issue an Amber alert until Friday afternoon, he said.

Ells said Briant’s mother, Maria Rosalina Millan, and investigators boarded a plane to Calexico Friday night. An FBI agent crossed the border and handled immigration paperwork for the boy, who holds dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship, he said.

Investigators were continuing to investigate why Briant was abducted and why his family was targeted. Millan said two men burst into her home on May 3, tied up the family, stole money and left with her youngest child.

The kidnappers had not demanded a ransom.

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