Man accused of kidnapping girl in Scottsdale faces molestation charges

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Mario Rivera Salgado By Mike Gertzman Mario Rivera Salgado By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl Sunday night now faces child molestation charges.

Mario Rivera Salgado, 42, has been charged with one felony count of kidnapping and two felony counts of molestation of a child.

According to Scottsdale police, Salgado lured the girl into his car at an apartment complex near McDowell and Scottsdale roads. He lives at the complex, but the child and her mother were there visiting friends. The victim had gone outside to play with other children.

Salgado drove the child to a friend's home in Phoenix and said that she was a relative of his from Mexico, according to court documents. He then left the girl there when she fell asleep.

Salgado allegedly told the friend that he was going to come back the following day to pick up the girl and take her to California, according to the documents.

Police officers arrested Salgado as he was returning to his apartment.

Police went to the Phoenix home and returned the child to her mother.

After further investigation, detectives discovered that sex crimes took place during the time the child was with Salgado, according to police spokesman Officer David Pubins.

No additional victims have been identified at this time.

Salgado remains in custody.