Sheriff: Abducted Peñasco teen has been found; Amber Alert cancelled


Angelica Valdez, a 15-year-old Peñasco teen, has been located and is safe, according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry L. Hogrefe.

An Amber Alert had been issued the night of Feb. 25 for Valdez, who had allegedly been abducted at gunpoint from her grandparent's Peñasco home.

"Her abductor, Christian Orozco, has been taken in custody," said Hogrefe in a statement released at about 9:45 a.m. Feb. 26. "Working on information obtained during this investigation, the Española Police Department located both Angelica and Christian and the vehicle in a residential area of Española. The Amber Alert for Angelica has been cancelled."

Hogrefe thanked the Española Police Department, New Mexico State Police, FBI agents, the media and the public for assistance in sharing the Amber Alert, calling it a "scary situation."

According to Hogrefe, Orozco, 21, allegedly forced entry into the home and held Valdez' grandparents at gunpoint and threatended to kill them, before kidnapping Valdez and fleeing in a brown car.

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William Osborne

Probably more to this story, but scary indeed. Many thanks to the sharp-eyed cops in Espanola.

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