Kidnapped kids found safe, suspects still on the loose - v2Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- After a massive hours-long search, two children kidnapped from their Phoenix home during an early morning home invasion were found safe.
The mother hid in a closet with her two children. The men, however, found them and pulled those kids -- a 2-year-old boy, Jesus Sandoval Nuñez, and his 11-month-old sister, Vanessa -- from her and took off with them.
Some five hours later, word came in that the children had been found unhurt. Aerial video showed them safely tucked into the arms of Phoenix police officers.
Sgt. Andy Hill of the Phoenix Police Department said Jesus and Vanessa were dropped off at a home in the area of Central Avenue and Baseline Road.
"Somebody beat on the door," said the owner of that home, who wanted to remain anonymous."I looked through the curtain and saw the two babies out there screaming their heads off. That was it. I brought them inside and called 911."
Police arrived at the home within five minutes. Officers then took Jesus and Vanessa to the police station where they were handed into the waiting arms of their relieved aunts. Their mother was anxiously waiting for them inside. Their father reportedly is out of the country.
The homeowner who found the children said there was no sign of anybody else in his yard.
Detectives are talking to the kids' mother, but at this point, they do not think she knew the suspects who stormed her house.
The search for those four men continues.
Hours after it all happened, officers were still on the scene of the home invasion-style robbery. Police were waiting for a search warrant that would allow them to go inside the house and comb through the scene.
According to investigators, the suspects' vehicle is a white Honda or Toyota with darkly tinted windows. That's the car they were in when they left the scene with the children. A Silverado pickup truck with Cadillac emblems was also in the area; it was seen parked in the alley near 27th Avenue and Indian School Road.