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Jan 30, 2013 7:43 AM by Jason Ground

Kidnapped 2 year old returned by father

TUCSON - A two-year-old Tucson boy apparently abducted Tuesday morning by his father and a group of people is home safe tonight.

Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Tom Peine tells News4 Tucson deputies found King Gomez shortly after 10 p.m. after receiving a call from the boy's biological father, Luis Ernesto Soberanes, who said he had seen news coverage about the abduction and wanted to return the child.

Deputies did not find Soberanes. He remains at-large.

Peine said the toddler was taken at about 11 a.m. this morning from a wheel refinishing shop on Palo Verde Road near Ajo Way.

At the time of the kidnapping, King Gomez was being cared for by his mother's boyfriend.

Soberanes does not have custody.

PCSD reports the boy's grandmother, Guadelupe Legarda, aunt, Fernanda Mendoza and three men were with Soberanes at the time of the abduction.

Deputies say Soberanes held the mother's boyfriend against his will and threatened him while the others took the child. Once they had the baby in their possession, all six individuals left.

A search warrant was obtained and executed and Legarda and Mendoza are now in custody.

Soberanes is considered dangerous because of a violent past.

If you see the suspect, do not approach him, but call 911 immediately.

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