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Police credit woman who saw Amber Alert in rescue of abducted boy

September 5, 2012 | 11:04 pm

Stacey Nicole PattersonRialto police Wednesday night credited a woman who saw an Amber Alert on a freeway with helping authorities rescue a 2-year-old boy allegedly kidnapped by his mother.

Elijah Cardenas was allegedly abducted by 21-year-old Stacey Nicole Patterson during a supervised visit at a McDonald's in Rialto, prompting authorities to issue the alert Wednesday afternoon. Patterson fled with a male friend, James Alen Krost, 53, who was driving a black Dodge Ram pickup.

A short while later, a woman driving eastbound on the 91 Freeway saw the alert flashing on a sign and then spotted Krost in the pickup. The woman followed Krost as he exited the freeway in Corona and called 911, police said. 

Corona police apprehended Krost and turned him over to Rialto Police Department detectives, who were handling the case. They developed leads and ultimately apprehended Patterson and rescued the boy at a Pomona motel Wednesday night, said Capt. Randy De Anda. The boy was unharmed.

"We have to give credit to that citizen who saw the Amber Alert," De Anda told The Times. The alerts, he said, "are one of the more valuable resources that the state of California has to offer."


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Photo: Stacey Nicole Patterson. Credit: Rialto Police Department