Sunday, July 06, 2008

Amber Alert canceled; father who took son likely in Mexico

Salt Lake Tribune - United States
Posted: 2:14 PM- Police have canceled a Utah Amber Alert for a 9-year-old California boy who they believe was kidnapped by his father.

Less than a day after Lonnie Ramos, 46, allegedly shot his estranged wife, he was seen abandoning his motor home in Andrade, Calif., and walking across the border into Mexico with his son Ryan in tow, said Orange County Sheriff Department Sgt. Kevin Bieker.

Ramos' wife had come to his house in Lake Forest, Calif., about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to pick up the boy, and was sitting behind the wheel of her car when he shot her. A friend was in the front seat and a 4-year-old girl in back. They were not injured.

Ramos' wife is in critical but stable condition in an Orange County hospital.

The Amber Alert went out to Utah late Friday because Ramos has a girlfriend in Draper, police said. It was canceled at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. A Wednesday sighting of the motor home in Utah was likely mistaken, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Police are planning to search the motor home, a 2005 Fleetwood Providence, for possible clues and then work with Mexican authorities to pursue Ramos, Amormino said.

Mexican law prevents its citizens from being extradited to the United States for death penalty charges, but Ramos is neither a Mexican citizen nor a death penalty candidate, Amormino said.

If Ramos's wife were to die, it could become a death penalty case, he said.
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