Second of Two Amber Alerts Cancelled, Girls Found Safe

The suspect, Adame Pete Valencia, has been taken into custody.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 10:11 a.m. May 24, 2014. Edited with new details.

An Amber alert for two missing girls was cancelled when the Riverside man suspected of kidnapping the children gave himself up in Corona early today.

The suspect, Pete Valencia Adame, 43, abducted his former girlfriend and three children from Kennedy Park in Pomona at 6:05 p.m. Friday, Pomona Police Department Lt. Ron McDonald said today.

At some point Adame released the ex-girlfriend and her 5-year-old son, and drove off with the girls, ages 2 and 4. Pomona police issued the Amber Alert at 10:20 p.m. Friday.

It was unclear if Adame was the father of all three children and if he was involved in an alleged sexual assault of the girlfriend, which prompted police not to release her name, McDonald said.

A motive behind Adame's alleged role in the abduction was not immediately known, McDonald said.

Adame called 911 when he learned he was the subject of the Amber Alert, and was instructed by the California Highway Patrol dispatcher to pull his vehicle over at a gas station near the Magnolia Avenue exit of the Corona (15) Freeway.

CHP officers arrested Adame and called Pomona police to pick him up, McDonald said.

The children were found unharmed and the Amber Alert was canceled at 1:45 a.m. today.

Adame was arrested and booked into the Pomona jail for suspicion of kidnapping and rape. His bail was set at $100,000, records showed.

The Amber Alert was one of two issued in the Southland Friday, and police today continued to seek a Los Angeles man and his toddler son allegedly kidnapped from the mother outside her home.

The CHP issued a statewide Amber Alert Friday morning for Abraham Vargas, 27, and 2-year-old Edwin Vargas. The father allegedly has made prior threats to snatch the child and flee to Mexico with him.

The suspect's 2004 Nissan Quest was found abandoned in East Los Angeles, but the suspect and his son remained at large today.

--City News Service

A&W May 24, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Rocky: It's horrible that your life was inconvenienced in this way. Maybe you should record the Kardashians so you won't miss a second of it. If it was your child who was abducted, I'm sure you'd want to see a maximum effort made.
Marc Tompkins May 24, 2014 at 05:43 PM
The first time they turned on the cell-phone Amber alert - a couple months ago, I believe? - I got the alert via T-Mobile but my girlfriend didn't, on Verizon. Yesterday morning the pattern was reversed: she got the alert, but I didn't. We both got the Pomona one in the evening. I wonder what changed between the three alerts...
Tonya Fitzpatrick May 24, 2014 at 05:47 PM
I got a "Civil Emergency Message" which is supposed to be "a warning created by the National Weather Service meant to warn of an in-progress or imminent significant threat(s) to public safety and/or property." I was spooked thinking, "San Onofre nuclear event"?
Wolfman May 25, 2014 at 02:40 PM
we are sick and tired of our taxpayers money being wasted on these domestic disputes
A&W May 25, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Wolfman: I think everyone would agree that a legitimate function of government is protect our safety. Amber alerts aren't just about domestic disputes. They're about the abduction of innocent children. I guess it would be possible to save money by not trying to recover the children, but is that the kind of society you want to live in?


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