Two charged in Anaheim boys kidnapping case plead not guilty
David Nicholas, 26, and Linda Fernandez, 29, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Santa Ana on charges of holding the boys at their Monrovia home after the Oct. 7 abduction.
Jacob Quinones, 4, and Justin Quinones, 2, were snatched near their mother's Anaheim apartment.
Their father, Abraham Fernandez, 23, and grandfather, Louis Fernandez, 52, have been charged with felony kidnapping, and $500,000 warrants have been issued for their arrest.
“We’re working on it nonstop, but we don’t have anything new right now,” said Det. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department. “They could be anywhere.”
Nicholas also is accused of renting the vehicle used in the kidnapping. He and Linda Fernandez are scheduled for pretrial hearings next week, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.
The couple had lived together in Texas, where they were “off-and-on” for the last seven years, said Rick Martinez, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department.
Azucena Quinones moved with her sons about a year ago from Texas to Anaheim, he said. Authorities believe their father traveled to Southern California recently to abduct the boys, Martinez said.
Prosectuors say Abraham and Louis Fernandez grabbed the boys from an alley outside their apartment as their mother stood nearby. The men then drove to Monrovia, where they allegedly hid at Linda Fernandez's home. She is Abraham Fernandez’s cousin.
Prosecutors claim Linda Fernandez and Nicholas were aware police were seeking the men at the time. Nicholas was arrested Oct. 10 on two felony counts of kidnapping and two felony counts of child abduction. Linda Fernandez was arrested the following day on accessory charges.
Authorities believe Abraham and Louis Fernandez still have the children, and an Amber Alert remains in effect.
Anyone with information is asked to contact supervising district attorney investigator Jaime Joyce at (714) 347-8560 or Wyatt at (714) 765-1434.
-- Sam Allen
Photo: Jacob Quinones, 4, and Justin Quinones, 2. Credit: Anaheim Police Department