A 22-year-old Sunnyvale was arrested at a checkpoint in Mexico Wednesday afternoon, and his two-week-old son was recovered unharmed, less than 24 hours after a statewide Amber Alert was issued. George Kiriyama reports.
A 22-year-old Sunnyvale man was arrested at a checkpoint in Mexico Wednesday, and his two-week-old son was recovered unharmed, less than 24 hours after a statewide Amber Alert was issued.
The manhunt for Mesuit Guler officially began at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Sunnyvale Dept. of Safety Capt. Dave Pitts.
"He told the mother he was going to run errands," Pitts said. "And then he left with the child, sending her a text that he would cause harm to himself and the child if police were involved."
Officials said Guler had been fighting with the baby's mother because he had wanted to move to New York.
The baby's mother, Patricia Romero, told officers that Guler had friends in Mexico, prompting authorities to notify the border police to be on the lookout for him, Pitts said.
After reports that Guler’s vehicle had been spotted in San Diego, authorities in Sunnyvale were contacted Wednesday by the United States Border Patrol and told Guler had been arrested by Mexican authorities.
Guler was arrested on a $1 million warrant that Sunnyvale investigators had obtained during the course of the investigation, according to Sunnyvale police.
Guler was reportedly stopped at a checkpoint in Mexico and questioned by Mexican authorities, who in turn contacted U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Lukeville, Arizona who discovered the warrant for Guler’s arrest.
"The U.S. Border Patrol control has made arrangement with the Arizona Child Protective Services to be at the border crossing with them," Pitts said, "so that when the baby does arrive they can take custody of the baby."
Wednesday evening, Guler and his son were taken into custody by the sheriff’s department in Pima County, Arizona.
"I'm really happy," Romero said late Wednesday. "And I'm really thankful for the police and the people that helped me to find my baby."
The California Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.