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Girl, 17, kidnapped in South L.A., authorities say

April 11, 2011 |  9:35 pm

Mayra Martinez Authorities issued an Amber Alert on Monday night after a 17-year-old girl was kidnapped in South Los Angeles.

Mayra Martinez was forced into a 1999 Green Ford Expedition about 3:30 p.m. near Alameda Avenue and Firestone Boulevard, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said.

The license plate on the vehicle is 5GBJ226.

The department identified the suspected kidnapper as Rafael Ibarra, 28, who had previously threatened to kill Martinez and himself, according to authorities.

Ibarra was described as Latino, about 5 feet 6 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a red long-sleeved shirt and red hat.

Authorities said Martinez is Latina, about 5 feet 2 and  113 pounds. She was wearing a brown, yellow and blue dress and hoop earrings. Rafael Ibarra

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 568-4800.

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Photo: Mayra Martinez and Rafael Ibarra. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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