Belen woman found in Albuquerque motel

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After nearly two weeks of searching, a Belen woman and her 2-year-old son, who police believed to have been forcibly abducted by her boyfriend, have been found.

Francis Hidalgo Found and arrested

Belen Police Chief Dan Robb said Francis Hidalgo, who was last seen on June 20 by her 9-year-old son, was located Tuesday night with her son and alleged captor Baron Holloway, 34.

Baron Holloway Arrested

Agents with the U.S. Marshal’s Service located Hidalgo, Holloway and their 2-year-old son at a Roadway Inn in Albuquerque Tuesday night. Both Hidalgo and Holloway were taken into custody on probation warrants.

The couple’s 2-year-old son is now in the custody of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

According to the police chief, Holloway was arrested on a warrant for the alleged abduction, and Hidalgo was arrested for a probation violation warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Robb said when Hidalgo was taken to the Metro Detention Center in Albuquerque, jail officials found her in possession of methamphetamine.

When asked if this was an actual abduction case, Robb said this was an ongoing investigation and its not clear what actually happened.

According to a police report, officers were called to the parking lot of Blake’s Lotaburger on the corner of River Road and East Side School Road on June 20. When officers arrived, they were told by a man that a “kid ran toward him asking for help.”

The child, later identified as Hidalgo’s 9-year-old son, was said to be crying, saying that his stepfather had taken his mother.

When officers spoke to the boy, he told them he was with his mother at a house down the street when Holloway arrived and began arguing with Hidalgo. Both mother and son began to run away but, according to the report, Holloway caught up to them, driving a white Dodge Magnum and forced Hidalgo into the car, leaving the 9-year-old alone on the side of the road.

The boy also told police that Holloway had his 2-year-old brother, Damian, in the vehicle with him.

Robb said Hidalgo did call the Belen Police Department last Tuesday, telling Detective Sgt. Joe Portio that she was in Santa Fe and that she was OK. Robb said the woman refused to say exactly where she was.

Holloway has been charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of abandonment or abuse of a child.

According to online court records, Holloway has previously been charged and awaiting trial in several cases including for two counts of aggravated DWI, concealing identity, possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated battery on a household member, trafficking a controlled substance, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

The police chief said he enlisted help from New Mexico State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service in trying to locate Hidalgo, her son and Holloway.


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