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More arrests in California boy's kidnap

RIVERSIDE, California (CNN) -- Authorities have arrested two men in connection with last week's armed abduction of 9-year old Nicholas Michael Farber from his father's home in Palm Desert, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

Charged Sunday in the case were Rodrique Edgar Van Blake, 27, and Elias Gutierrez, 28. Both were booked into the Indio Jail on charges of kidnapping, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon and are being held on $1 million bail.

The arrests came two days after the boy was reunited with his father, Michael Farber. Authorities found him unharmed Friday afternoon with his mother, Debra Rose, and an unidentified man at a motor home park outside San Diego.

Late Friday, Rose was charged with one count of felony child abduction and held on $1 million bond at the Indio Jail in Riverside County, police said. The identity of the man arrested with her was still unknown.

Asked why she took Nicholas, Rose, being led to a police car in handcuffs, replied, "He's my son. He was taken from me."

Rose and her ex-husband, Farber, had been battling for custody of Nicholas when the two intruders took him early Wednesday.

The men drove off in a white SUV, possibly a GMC Yukon, Farber told police. Later, police said they were looking for a gray GMC pickup truck with a temporary Colorado license plate. Rose, a resident of Colorado, had recently bought a similar truck.

The truck was later found in Nevada near the California state line.

A California judge granted Farber temporary custody of the boy last week pending a hearing on Farber's request for permanent custody. Farber, who alleged in court documents that his ex-wife is a drug addict incapable of caring for their son, said he believed Nicholas would be in danger in his mother's custody.

Rose is also involved in a custody dispute with another ex-husband in Colorado and on Thursday failed to appear in court for a hearing on restraining orders the two have filed against each other.



 
 
 
 


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