Baby abducted in Santa Barbara found safe in San Ysidro, suspect taken into custody

SAN DIEGO - A man suspected of abducting a baby girl in Santa Barbara – prompting an AMBER Alert in San Diego County for the child – is in custody after a SWAT standoff in San Ysidro.  

Police in Santa Barbara confirmed to 10News that the baby, 6-month-old Nayeli Martinez, was found safe. Her father, 28-year-old Joshua Ivan Martinez, is suspected of kidnapping her and was taken into custody less than a mile away from the border.  

"I saw the … AMBER Alert and I'd seen the baby and I'd seen a picture of the guy, so I figured, oh that's it, 'cause it looked like him," said neighbor Beto Balderas.

Authorities issued the AMBER Alert earlier Monday, believing the two were possibly headed to Mexico.

The Department of Justice requested assistance from San Diego police after the suspect vehicle was located at the 3800 block of Sipes Lane in San Ysidro. Then SWAT and emergency negotiators were called in after he was located at the nearby mobile home park near 4200 Camino De La Plaza at 5:45 p.m..

The standoff ended about an hour and a half later. Cellphone video shot by a neighbor through his window blinds shows the suspect walking toward police with the baby in his arms.

A source tells 10News that the suspect had relatives who lived inside the mobile home park.


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