Suspect Still At Large; Abducted Child Found Safe And Returned To Mother

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Gladimir Jesus Gamez child abduction suspect

Suspect Gladimir Jesus Gamez

On Friday, January 14, 2011, at approximately 11:06 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a residence in the area of 4th Street and Walnut Avenue in regards to a child abduction.

When officers arrived, they learned that a woman had just returned home and the non-custodial father of her 3-year-old child, whom she has a restraining order against, followed her into the residence. A struggle for the child ensued which resulted in the suspect fleeing the scene with the child in his arms.

Homicide detectives were immediately notified and responded to the location. Utilizing a variety of investigative tools and resources, they began an intensive investigation into the case. They worked continuously to try to find the missing child, and enlisted the assistance of the community and the media in the search. This generated several leads and each one was thoroughly investigated.

On Sunday, January 16, 2011, at approximately 7:30 a.m., investigators received information that the child was at an address in the city of Wilmington. Detectives responded to the location, found the child safe and unharmed, and he was reunited with his mother.

The suspect is still outstanding and is identified as 24-year-old Gladimir Jesus Gamez. He is approximately 5’7” tall and 150 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes and last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and white shoes. He does not own a vehicle, and is known to frequent the area. He should be considered dangerous, and we urge anyone who may have information on his whereabouts to call 9-1-1.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes or Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244. To send an anonymous tip via text or email please visit the LBPD website, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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