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Amber Alert issued for 2 boys abducted in Anaheim; police suspect kidnappers are father, grandfather

October 8, 2010 |  7:21 am

Abraham-Fernandez Anaheim police were searching for two men believed to be the father and grandfather of two young boys who were kidnapped Thursday night in front of their home, police said Friday.

The children were taken about 8 p.m. as their mother was throwing away trash in an alley, police said. The children were identified as 4-year-old Jacob Quinones and 2-year-old Justin Quinones.

At first, the mother told police she did not recognize the two men and believed them to be strangers. However, witness descriptions of the men have led police to a different opinion, according to Anaheim Police Department spokesman Sgt. Rick Martinez.

“We have every reason to believe that this was the father and paternal grandfather who came from Texas,” Martinez said. They are identified as Abraham Fernandez, 23, and Louis Fernandez, 52, of Houston, he said.

Louis-Fernandez The two men left in a silver, pewter or gray 2009 or 2010 Dodge Caravan, dented on the right side, with no license plate, Martinez said. In response to the abduction, Anaheim police issued an Amber Alert, which is an emergency response to a report of a missing or abducted child that includes alerts on freeways and bulletins to local law enforcement and media.

The elder Fernandez is described as white, 45 to 50 years old, with a stocky build. He has long, straight, scraggly hair and was wearing a dark baseball cap and white tennis shoes. He also has a mustache and maybe a goatee.

His son, Abraham, has long hair in a ponytail and is about 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (714) 765-1900.

-- Sam Quinones

Photo Credit: Anaheim Police Dept.