Sheriff’s office: Modesto woman kidnapped by estranged husband, may be heading to Mexico

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Detectives in Modesto are searching for a woman who was allegedly kidnapped by her estranged husband on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. 

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office believes 41-year-old Javier Chavez kidnapped 32-year-old Susana Torres at gunpoint and left for Mexico. 

Chavez allegedly abducted Torres and her two children around 5:30 p.m. Sunday near a market on Butte Avenue and Olympia Street. 

“Chavez showed up and jumped into their car with a firearm, according to the 8-year-old,” said Sgt. Tom Letras.

According to the sheriff’s office, Chavez left the two children at his parent’s house around 10 p.m. When he didn’t return the next morning, his parents visited Torres’ parents to drop of one the children.

The sheriff’s office said that’s when Chavez’s parents learned she was missing. 

“What we later discovered, about the same time our deputies were responding to the house to take the report, our suspect Javier Chavez was crossing the border into Mexico,” Letras said.

Authorities do not know if Torres also crossed the border, but they say they have not heard from her.

“Everyone is just worried for her safety. Her son won’t stop asking where his mom is at,” said Yazmin Cruz.

Cruz, Torres’ cousin, said she went missing Sunday, but her family didn’t know until Monday.

“We are still trying to track back and complete the timeline,” Letras said.

Cruz said Torres had a restraining order against Chavez, but the most recent order was not going to allow him to visit the 2-year-old.

Torres’ family is asking Chavez to come forward and say where Torres could be.

“To please come forward. His own son’s mom, we just want her back safe,” Cruz said.

Letras said they are working with law enforcement in Mexico to see if they can find Chavez.

Detectives Summerton and Esquivez are asking anyone with information to call them at 209-525-7032 or 209-652-1792.

Chavez was previously wanted by Modesto police for charges of spousal rape.

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