Armed, dangerous, and potentially very unstable – this is how Oakland investigators are describing 19-year old Marcos Hernandez who’s suspected of kidnapping his girlfriend and their two-month old baby at gunpoint just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.
While Hernandez is still on the run, police found the two victims – his 17-year old girlfriend Angelica Lopez and their two-month old baby – safe at a home in Oakland just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Johnna Watson says it all began when Hernandez and Lopez got into a heated argument. Hernandez then allegedly hit 17-year old Angelica Lopez over and over again in her face and neck, as she was holding the couple’s young baby in her arms.
The couple has reportedly been staying with friends at the E.C. Reems Garden Apartment complex in East Oakland. Watson says it was those friends who called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers Hernandez was hitting Lopez before threatening to kill her at gunpoint if she refused to get into a car with him. “We do know that our suspect has a criminal history,” said Watson.
“We can’t go into that because of the case investigation, but we are treating him as armed and dangerous. We don’t want anyone to approach him. Please contact your local authorities or dial 9-1-1.”
Watson adds that Hernandez has a criminal history, but would not divulge the details to protect the investigation. Right now, he is the only person investigators are looking for.
They believe he may be heading to or already in Sacramento County, because he has ties and history in the area.
Oakland police are working with authorities in Sacramento County to help determine his whereabouts. Witnesses last saw Hernandez wearing a blue or turquoise shirt over a white t-shirt, and blue pants.
Police say he borrowed another friend’s 2006 silver Ford Focus. They are trying to track that person down to get a license plate.
They have also been speaking with the victim, Lopez, to determine how she and the baby ended up at the Oakland house, and potentially get information on where the suspect is hiding. Again, police advise anyone who has seen Marcos Hernandez to stay away and dial 9-1-1.