Final Kidnapping Suspect Arrested In Mexico Four Years After Investigation Began
The afternoon of February 16, 2016, a 13 year-old girl got off the school bus and started walking to her home near East Shepherd and Academy Avenue. When she got to her front door, she was grabbed by masked men and thrown into the trunk of their car.
She was driven to Sycamore Road and Coyote Drive in Tollhouse, about 20 miles away from her home. She was tied to a tree and beat up before being left alone. The teen walked about a mile before encountering someone. That person contacted the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. She was treated for her injuries and has since made a full recovery.
On February 27, 2016, detectives arrested Sandra Garcia, Mark Anthony Roque (her son), and Miguel Carriedo (her cousin). Garcia was the girlfriend of the teen’s father and, along with her son and cousin, orchestrated the kidnapping but due to lack of evidence, the trio was released from jail a few days later.
On June 22, 2016 arrests warrants were issued for the three suspects and within two days Garcia and Roque were arrested but Carriedo could not be found. Detectives continued searching for him and in January of 2020 discovered he had fled to Mexico to avoid the consequences of this kidnapping case.
The United States Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service in Mexico, Mexican law enforcement counterparts, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fresno, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, all worked to bring this last suspect under arrest.
On August 25, 2020, Carriedo was arrested at a home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. On August 26, 2020, he was booked at the Fresno County Jail. 45-year old Sandra Garcia and 22-year old Mark Roque remain in custody.