Police: Man Kidnaps Family To Take Them Back To Mexico

Authorities in Southern California rescued an Oregon family that was allegedly kidnapped by their estranged father.

The kidnapping took place in Salem, Oregon where the father nabbed his two daughters, their mother, and a one-year-old grandchild.

The suspect, Mario Gomez Nunez, was allegedly heading to Mexico with the group.

They stopped at a motel in Bakersfield, California for the night. The family hadn't eaten all day, and they convinced Nunez to allow them to go for food.

Nunez held on to the mother for collateral as the kids went to get food.

That is when the two daughters, aged 20 and 15, ran into deputies that were in the area. Nunez was taken into custody. His family was not hurt.

Nunez faces kidnapping and false imprisonment charges. There is no word why Nunez wanted them to return to Mexico.


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  • by Mike Location: Richlands on Aug 17, 2009 at 12:39 AM
    I stand corrected, there was no Great-Grandmother apparently.
  • by Mike Location: Richlands on Aug 17, 2009 at 12:35 AM
    oh please, I made an educated guess as to them being on welfare. Let's look at the facts: 1 Great-Grandmother, 1 Grandmother, 2 teenage daughters, 1 baby. NO record of employment given, the guy was trying to take them "back to Mexico". Even if they weren't on welfare, they probably were not legal immigrants. Sorry to get on your nerves, what gets on my nerves is people trying to use religion as a means to push their beliefs onto everyone else. Whether or not I am a Christian does not factor into this family being in our country illegally; however, since I do believe that I am a Christian, I will pray that this family makes it back to Mexico safely.
  • by TheTownCrier on Aug 16, 2009 at 06:16 PM
    Meanwhile California is burning down by some who ARE illegal aliens. Fire Investigators Determine Cause of La Brea Fire Incident: La Brea Wildfire (84,150 acres, 25% contained) Date: August 15, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GOLETA, CA... A week-long investigation by U.S. Forest Service Special Agents, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit and Fire Investigators has revealed the cause of the La Brea Fire. Investigators revealed that the La Brea Fire was started by a cooking fire in a marijuana drug trafficking operation. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit has confirmed that the camp at the origin of the fire was an illegal marijuana operation believed to be run by a Mexican National Drug Organization. The Narcotics Unit has been working in the area within the last month eradicating other nearby marijuana cultivation sites. [snip]http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/2009/08/85000-acre-california-fire-caused-by.html http://inciweb.org/incident/announcements/article
  • by oh please on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    First of all how do you know they are on welfare. Second of all maybe just maybe they were over here legally. Why do both of yall have to be so judge mental on someone else. Opinions like that just get on my nerves.... If you are a Christian you sure dont sound like a true Christian in my book and I hope yall read this........
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 16, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    Mike, sounds like a good idea to me also, the more, the sooner, the better.
  • by Mike Location: Richlands on Aug 16, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    And we are stopping him why? If he wants to take them back to Mexico, let him go. I'm sure California could stand to save a few bucks on wellfare or other social programs.
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