COVINA — A man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and her 4-year-old son Sunday after the woman refused to reconcile with him, police said.
Robelio Veliz, 21, of Pomona was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and child endangerment after authorities recovered the boy unharmed in Pomona, according to Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson.
The incident began around 3:30 p.m. When Veliz got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend at her home in 600 block of E. Cienega Avenue, police said.
When the woman refused Veliz’s request to reconcile, he placed her 4-year-old son into the cab of his pickup truck in an attempt to coax the woman to get in, Peterson said in a written statement.
Veliz is not the boy’s father, Sgt. Jim McDonough added.
“The female refused and the suspect began to drive away from the location,” Peterson said. “The mother, in an attempt to get her son back from the suspect, jumped into the bed of the truck.”
With the woman in the bed of the truck, and the child still in the cab with him, Veliz continued driving. He reached the intersection of Grand Avenue and Fairway Lane more than two miles away, just north of the 10 Freeway in West Covina, when the woman jumped out, Peterson said.
The woman, who suffered minor injuries, called 9-1-1 as Veliz continued driving with her son, police said.
Police went to Veliz home in the 700 block of E. Hawthorne Place in Pomona, where they spotted his truck parked outside, Peterson said.
“The child was located inside the suspect’s residence and the suspect was taken into custody as he tried to run out the back of the house,” he said. “The child appears to be uninjured.”
Veliz was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Covina Police Department’s jail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court, officials said.
Witnesses or anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Covina police Detective Anthony Zavala at 626-384-5622, or the Covina Police Department at 626-384-5656.
BOOKING PHOTO of Robelio Veliz courtesy of the Covina Police Department