Man Wanted for Abducting Six-Month-Old Daughter

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested; Girl Recovered and Safe

Joshua Ivan Martinez (left, posing with an unknown woman) is accused of kidnapping his six-month-old daughter Nayeli (right) following a domestic dispute

[UPDATE]: Santa Barbara police announced Monday night that the suspect, Joshua Ivan Martinez, was arrested following a SWAT operation in San Ysidro, California, near the Mexican border. His daughter Nayeli has been recovered and is safe. No additional details were released.

[ORIGINAL REPORT]: Police throughout Southern California are on the hunt for 28-year-old Joshua Ivan Martinez who allegedly abducted his six-month-old daughter Sunday evening in Santa Barbara following what authorities called “an incident of domestic violence.”

Officials say Martinez and the baby girl — Nayeli Martinez — may be in San Diego on their way to Mexico, and a Amber Alert has been issued in the case throughout San Diego County.

Santa Barbara police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood said Nayeli, who has black hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing a white onesie with black polka dots. Joshua, 5’ 8” tall and 187 pounds with black hair, brown eyes, and a beard, was wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and green, white, and black DC shoes. He was last seen driving a 2013 black Ford Focus 4-door with red and white Garcia Auto Sales dealer plates.

Anyone who sees the suspect or the victim should call 9-1-1, Harwood said.


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