Ambert Alert cancelled after 3 girls found in Mesa; suspects in custody


by Christina O'Haver

Video report by Natalie Brand

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 13 at 9:46 PM

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- An Amber Alert issued for three girls abducted from their San Tan Valley foster home has been cancelled.

Sgt. Pat Ramirez with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the girls and two suspects were located near Fifth Avenue and Stapley Drive in Mesa.

Ramirez said 44-year-old Veronica Frances Aleksiejczyk Rivera, whose parental rights were severed, abducted her two daughters and another child from the home late Thursday night or Friday morning.

"The children of the suspect ... were in contact with the mother and were able to have her pick them up," he said.

Ramirez said the sheriff's office was notified around 9:30 a.m. Friday. The Amber Alert was issued later in the evening.

"Our detectives have been working tirelessly throughout the entire day, but for an Amber Alert, you need to have a vehicle description. We did not have that until about 6 o'clock this evening," he said.

The girls were seen riding in a tan Ford Bronco at an apartment complex near Eighth Avenue and Stapley Drive, and the vehicle was later found vacant at Germann and Ellsworth roads. The girls and suspects were walking when they were found.

Martin Leo Villanueva was reportedly driving the vehicle and taken into custody along with the mother. The sheriff's office is reviewing possible charges.

The children are 16-year-old Paityn Randall, 12-year-old Jessyka Randall and 12-year-old Miracle Hernandez. Paityn and Jessyka are also known by the names Rainni and Dominique Aleksiejczyk, respectively.

Ramirez said one of the girls did not have her medication needed to treat a potentially life-threatening condition, but all of the girls were found in good health.