LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A nationwide search is on for a 2-year-old boy after his 23-year-old father allegedly beat the child’s grandfather, then set fire to the family’s mobile home and took the toddler.
According to Doña Ana County (N.M.) Sheriff’s detectives, Sergio Guadalupe Jacquez went to the home of his son’s grandparents in La Mesa, N.M., just after 1 p.m. Monday, demanding to take his son. The boy’s grandfather refused to let the boy go, prompting Jacquez to allegedly strike the grandfather repeatedly. The boy’s grandmother was inside the home at the time, where the boy was reportedly sleeping.
After allegedly knocking the victim to the ground, Jacquez reportedly forced his way into the home and poured gasoline inside. According to the grandparents, Jacquez then set the home on fire. When the smoke forced the woman and the boy outside, Jacquez reportedly shoved the woman to the ground and took his son.
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The grandfather told detectives Jacquez retrieved the gasoline from his vehicle, and also allegedly poured gasoline on the grandfather as well.
An AMBER Alert was issued for 2-year-old Ethan Jacquez, described as 3 feet tall with dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue-green pajama top and red pajama bottoms. He is believed to still be with Jacquez, who also reportedly took the couple’s truck. The truck is described as a white 2001 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck bearing New Mexico plates, 134PJW.
Jacquez, who has addresses in Anthony and Las Cruces, is believed to be traveling either to Colorado or Mexico.
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