For nearly five hours, the father of a two-month-old infant tried to outrun police in two states. But an AMBER alert ended just before 11 p.m. Sunday, June 11th, 2005 as police in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, used "spike strips" to deflate the tires of the alleged kidnapper.
Police in Wheeling, Illinois, say the incident began when Salvador Amezcua battered the mother of his child on Sunday afternoon, then grabbed his two-month-old daughter Adriana and fled in a white Toyota Camry.
Shortly after 6 p.m., Wheeling police spotted Amezcua's vehicle and followed him. But after a short high-speed chase, Wheeling police stopped their pursuit fearing for the safety of baby Adriana.
Later in the evening, Amezcua called Adriana's mother. During that call, police say Amezcua threatened to kill himself and said that the baby would never be seen again.
All through the evening, local and state police in Illinois and Wisconsin reported seeing Amezcua's vehicle and pursuing him at high speeds. Police in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, heard that Amezcua was heading toward Milwaukee just before 11 p.m. and responded by deploying "spike strips" to flatten his tires. The plan worked. Without air in his tires, Amezcua rolled to a stop and was arrested without further incident. Baby Adriana was unharmed and will be returned to her mother.
Wheeling police say Salvador Amezcua will be charged with a host of crimes surrounding the kidnapping of the infant, battery of the child's mother and evading police.