West Covina man sought on suspicion of Pico Rivera kidnapping

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PICO RIVERA — Authorities are looking for a West Covina man who allegedly kidnapped his former girlfriend at gunpoint Wednesday.
The victim, 20-year-old Adriana Lopez of Pico Rivera, was later found. She was being interviewed at the sheriff’s Industry station Wednesday night.
Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said 42-year-old Joe Martinez is still being sought.
Martinez allegedly went to his ex-girlfriend’s home in the 9400 block of Burke Street in Pico Rivera around 6 a.m.
He showed the residents a gun and directed Lopez to come with him, sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said in a statement,
“He grabbed her by the arm and took her out to a car. The suspect and victim were seen leaving the area in a small white car,” Parker said.
Deputies went to Martinez’ West Covina home Wednesday night but didn’t find him or Lopez, according to Mendoza.
They did recover the small white car the pair used earlier, he added.
Martinez is known to frequent West Covina and Bassett.
He is Latino, five feet 8 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds. He is an alleged gang member.
Parker said Martinez has a criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous.
- Ruby Gonzalez
PHOTO of Joe Chavez courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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