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Adelanto man allegedly kidnaps teen, flies to Mexico

Jennifer GomezSan Bernardino County authorities were searching Wednesday for a teenager they say was kidnapped and flown to Mexico after being taken to a doughnut shop by her mother’s boyfriend.

Jennifer Gomez, 16, of Adelanto left her house in the 11000 block of Cambridge Street with Victor Cervantes, 30, also of Adelanto, about 7:30 a.m. Saturday and never returned home, authorities said.

Officials said Cervantes and Gomez’s mother had been dating for more than 10 years. The mother called police after her daughter had been missing more than eight hours.

Investigators say Cervantes and Gomez got a ride to Tijuana, Mexico, and may have boarded a plane to fly deeper into the country.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said authorities  believe Cervantes had arranged for an acquaintance to pick up the pair at the doughnut shop.

“At the very least, Cervantes had some sort of plan to leave the area,” Bachman said. “As far as the investigators can tell, the victim’s mother had no knowledge.”

Sheriff’s officials have not named the mother of the alleged victim. Bachman said investigators are attempting to determine if there was an ongoing relationship between Gomez  and Cervantes.


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Photo: Jennifer Gomez, 16, of Adelanto. Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

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