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Police name two suspects in kidnapping of 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez

May 19, 2009 |  7:26 am

Liberato Vega Authorities have identified two men they believe kidnapped 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez from his San Bernardino home along with a woman they describe as a "person of interest" in the case.

The suspects, Liberato Vega, 30, and Israel Ledesma Moreno, 28, may be in Mexico, and warrants have been issued for their arrest, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodie Miller. Both are illegal immigrants who have been deported before.

Vega's girlfriend, Claudia Acosta-Serrano, 21, is wanted for questioning, Miller said.

Briant was kidnapped May 3 after two men ransacked the home, tied up his family and took him away at gunpoint. He was found in Mexicali, Mexico, last Thursday and was reunited with his mother Saturday.

No motive for the kidnapping has been established. Sheriff's investigators and the FBI said Monday that they had not ruled out a possible narcotics connection but did not elaborate. Rodriguez's parents are not suspects.

-- David Kelley

Caption: Undated Handout photo of Liberato Vega, who is a suspect in the kidnapping of Briant  Rodriguez  3, from his home in San Bernardino, Calif. Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept.