Abducted Calif. Girl Found Alive
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ A 9-year-old girl who was brazenly kidnapped from her home was found alive Sunday night at a market about 15 miles away, police said.
Jennette Tamayo had been dropped off in the East Palo Alto area and was found at a market there late Sunday night, said a San Jose police spokeswoman. No details of her condition were immediately available.
Jenette was taken from her home Friday afternoon by a man who police say was a stranger to the family.
Police said the man had staked out the girl’s house and waited for her to come home from school. Before he sped away with the girl, her mother and teenage brother arrived home, and were beaten when they encountered the suspect.
Much of it was caught on a neighbor’s video surveillance camera that police released Sunday, containing several brutal images and sounds from the brazen crime.
The tape showed a man pulling up in front of Tamayo’s home Friday afternoon and going inside. Police aren’t sure how he was able to enter, but they believe he may have used a broken rear window.
After approximately 25 minutes inside, the suspect is seen returning to wait in the car. Around him, neighbors carry out their daily activities, like playing basketball and bringing children home from school.
At one point another car drives past, then backs up and lingers next to the suspect’s car. Police said they were looking for the driver of that car but have no information on who it might be.
At approximately 4:20 p.m., Jennette is seen crossing the street and entering the house alone. The man gets out of the car about 90 seconds later and follows her into the house.
After another 25 minutes inside, the suspect comes back outside and backs his car into the garage.
Around this time, Jennette’s mother, aunt and 15-year-old brother drive up. The aunt is seen getting out and driving away in a separate car, while the boy tries to open the garage door. He manages to pry the bottom part of the door open and crawl underneath, at which point, police say, he is attacked and choked by the man inside.
While the attack isn’t visible on the surveillance tape, sounds of the altercation can be heard and Rosalie Tamayo is seen running inside the house to help her son. Police said the suspect confronted her between the kitchen and garage, and beat her with pans and a ladder.
By now the boy has broken free, and is seen on the tape running outside for help. His mother comes out moments later, beaten and bloodied but screaming for help as well. The suspect then pulls out of the driveway in his car with Jennette inside and speeds across the lawn, crushing rose bushes along the way.
Rosalie Tamayo and her son were both treated at a local hospital and released.
Dixon said that while the images on the black-and-white tape are not always clear, the tape shows the attack was not a random residential burglary.
``The tape makes it very clear the he was targeting this house,″ Dixon said. ``He wasn’t roaming the neighborhood looking for houses to break into. He was there for quite some time, just waiting for this little girl to come home.″