A Lake Elsinore man who police say was headed
to Mexico with his girlfriend and her little boy against their will, has been
Christian Aceves, 27, was picked up late Thursday following a call for help. It began when officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department were dispatched at about 5:35 pm. to the 300 block of N. Lowell Street in Lake Elsinore regarding an alleged kidnapping.
Aceves had been borrowing his girlfriend’s car for work and asked her to go with him to a local business on Main Street. The girlfriend agreed, and packed up her 2-year-old son in the car, according to a news release from the Lake Elsinore Police Department’s Sgt. David Cardoza.
Instead of staying local, however, Aceves got on the 15 Freeway and headed south, according to the news release.
The girlfriend told Aceves to return home, but he refused and drove into San Diego County, the news release continued.
A babysitter for the girlfriend called Aceves looking for her friend, and learned he was in Oceanside and possibly heading to Mexico with the mother and child, according to the news release.
The babysitter called police.
“Officers called the suspect and attempted to convince him to return home with the victim and her 2-year-old son. During the course of several telephone calls, the suspect was convinced to return to the city of Lake Elsinore,” the news release read.
Aceves was spotted on the 15 Freeway near Diamond Drive and was taken into custody without further incident.
The victim and her child were not injured during their ordeal, according to the news release.
Aceves was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, driving under the influence, and being an unlicensed driver, the news release continued.