Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office releases video showing woman being kidnapped by her estranged husband

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A Modesto family is still searching for answers after a mother of two was allegedly kidnapped by her estranged husband early last week. 

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office recently released video showing Susana Torres being kidnapped at gunpoint April 11 in Modesto, hoping to get more information from the public.

In the video, Torres is seen getting into a car at Richy’s Market near Butte Avenue and Olympia Street when Javier Chavez pushes her into the passenger seat and takes off

The sheriff’s office told FOX40 they have followed up leads and interviewed people, but they still have not been able to crack the case. 

Family says they are frustrated with the lack of information offered to them. 

“We are at zero, basically. We have no clue. We have no idea what is going on,” said Yazmin Cruz, Torres’ cousin. 

Where is Susana Torres? That is the question on the minds of friends and family. 

“We want more answers and more actions,” Cruz said. “Everyone is still sad and worried, especially her mom. (Her son) asks about her every day, and he has nightmares every night.” 

Police believe Chavez kidnapped Torres and left for Mexico. 

“We are continuing to search for Susana Torres and Javier Chavez,” said Sgt. Tom Letras. 

Letras says they are at a stalemate. Authorities believe Chavez is in Mexico and have been working with Mexican authorities to find him.

They have not had any luck so far. 

“But at this point, we really need the public’s help to step up, and if anybody knows where Javier Chavez and Susana Torres is, we really like to hear form them,” Letras said. 

Chavez is wanted by Modesto police for charges of rape and prior restraining orders. 

“She was granted sole custody of 2-year-old child she shared with Chavez,” Letras added. 

The family says Torres came from Mexico to the U.S. to escape violence, and they continue to pray she comes home safe.

Letras says no matter how small you may think the information you have is, it could be very important to them. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives Summerton and Esquivez at 209-525-7032 or 209-652-1792

Anyone who saw the suspect or victim at the market last Sunday is asked to call the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office.

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