MODESTO (CBS13) – Authorities are searching for a Modesto mother of two who was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint Sunday by her estranged husband and was believed to have been taken to Mexico, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday.
Javier Chavez, 41, of Modesto, allegedly had also taken Susana Torres’ children, 8 and 2, at gunpoint before dropping both of them off at his parents’ house Sunday night, deputies said. They were all abducted outside of a market on Butte Avenue.READ MORE: Sacramento Family Struggling With Early-Onset Dementia Diagnosis Gives Heartfelt Plea On Big Day Of Giving
See photos of Chavez and Torres below.
The sheriff’s office said when Chavez never returned to pick the children back up, his parents took the 8-year-old to Torres’ parents’ home, and that is when all parties learned Torres was missing. Chavez is the father of the 2-year-old.READ MORE: Wine Waste: The New Superfood?
Investigators said it is believed Chavez and Torres had already crossed the border into Mexico when she was reported missing.
“We have been trying to trace back from the point of the kidnapping to when Chavez crossed the border to Mexico,” Det. Darwin Summerton said. “We have followed up on several leads but still have not been able to locate Torres.”
Investigators said Torres had a restraining order against Chavez and he had already been wanted by Modesto police on charges of rape.MORE NEWS: 'My Heart Rate Definitely Went Up': Sacramento Officers Use Virtual Reality To Train On Real World Encounters
Anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of Chavez or Torres is urged to contact Detective Summerton at 209-525-7032 or Detective Esquivez (for Spanish speakers) at 209-652-1792.