A kidnapping suspect from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested Tuesday morning in Moses Lake and his 16-year-old victim is now being reunited with her family.
Moses Lake police say the search for 28-year-old Andres Hernandez began last week after they’d received information he was in Grant County.
Monday night, Sgt. Dean Gaddis located Hernandez’s vehicle in the 1100 block of Grape Drive and after setting up surveillance, police took him into custody the next morning.
The girl was found in a nearby apartment unharmed.
The teen had been missing since May 25, when security footage showed her getting into Hernandez’s vehicle outside a Texas Domino’s where they both worked.
The girl’s father, who talked with her Tuesday before leaving for Washington state, told KENS5 News in San Antonio that she said she had been taken at gunpoint.
Moses Lake police said Hernandez had a pistol when he was arrested.
Authorities in Texas did not issue an Amber alert after her disappearance because they initially believed she had gotten into the car willingly.
Moses Lake police said there is an ongoing investigation into Hernandez’s activities while in Grant County and local charges are expected to follow.
In addition to Moses Lake police, U.S. Marshals, the Washington State Patrol and Grant County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search.