UPDATE: Suspect in Amber Alert arrested

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Baby, mom found; suspect still outstanding


TEMPE -- A suspect in a Jan. 22 Amber Alert in Tempe was taken into custody Friday by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with assistance from the Tempe and Mesa police departments.

Salvador Muna was arrested about noon at his home in the area of Forest Avenue and Continental Drive.

Muna was booked into Tempe City Jail on one count of felony flight, two counts of endangerment and one count of criminal damage.


PHOENIX - A Valley mom and her seven-month old boy were found safe after an Amber Alert was issued.

The man accused of kidnapping them is still on the loose. 3TV talked to a couple of people at his home who say the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

Tempe Police disagree. The whole thing started in a neighborhood near the 202 and Scottsdale Road.

Police say 23-year-old Salvador Mu±a was carrying two guns when he went on a rampage in his family's home Thursday morning and forced his 19-year-old girlfriend, Nicole Lee and their 7-month old son Joseph into his car against their will.

They disappeared, triggering a massive manhunt and statewide Amber Alert. Six hours later the victims turned up unharmed in a Mesa neighborhood 15 miles away.

"It's very shocking," admits neighbor Annette Boettcher. A massive police response followed. Boettcher explains, "We saw helicopters and police heading this way."

K9's and SWAT teams went door to door searching for the suspect. Boettcher says, "I stayed in the house and followed instructions officers gave me."

Nevertheless Mu±a had vanished again. Boettcher adds, "It'd be silly for him to stay in the area so maybe it's the safest place to be at this time."

Officers would not say how or why the victims ended up where they did and no one at the home would answer the door.

Meanwhile back at the scene of the kidnapping Mu±a's friends told 3TV he is not a threat. Nevertheless police say he is armed and dangerous and say he will face a long list of charges.

Steve Carbajal with Tempe Police says, "There could be a lot [of charges], kidnapping, flight, and who knows what happened inside the car or prior to that."

Police located the the blue Ford Taurus, but are not sure of Mu±a's whereabouts.