Police: Abducted 11-year-old Modesto boy found safe, father arrested


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Monday, July 5:

Police said the suspect behind Saturday’s Amber Alert was arrested Sunday night on Olympia Street in Modesto.

According to Modesto police, Walter Fernando Zuniga Lara has been booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide and domestic violence. He is accused of stabbing the mother of his child in a Motel 6 parking lot before abducting his 11-year-old son.

The 11-year-old’s mother is still in serious condition.

Sunday, July 4:

1 p.m.

Modesto police say 11-year-old Adler Lara has been found and is safe. The Amber Alert has been canceled.

Walter Lara has not been found, according to police.

10:45 a.m.

Modesto police say Walter Lara is no longer driving the 2006 BMW 330i with Adler Lara.

According to police, Walter Lara is suspected of stabbing the mother of Adler Lara in the parking lot of Motel 6 on West Orangeburg Avenue in Modesto Saturday night.

Adler Lara’s mother, who has yet to be identified, is in critical condition, according to police.

After the suspected stabbing, police say Walter Lara abducted Adler Lara.

If Adler Lara or Walter Lara are seen, contact 911.

Original story below.

MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) – The California Highway Patrol is searching for an 11-year-old boy who was abducted Saturday night in Modesto.

CHP officials have issued an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Adler Lara who was abducted at 9:05 p.m. by 38-year-old Walter Lara.

Adler Lara is described as 5 feet tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Walter Lara is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Walter Lara was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, shorts and shoes. CHP says he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Walter Lara was last seen driving a 2006 silver BMW 330i with California license plate no. 8PWD288. CHP says the vehicle has damage on its rear end.

The alert has been issued for the following California counties:

  • Fresno
  • Imperial
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Los Angeles
  • Madera
  • Merced
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • Stanislaus
  • Tulare

If Adler Lara or Walter Lara are seen, contact 911.

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