PATTERSON, Stanislaus County (AP) — Authorities have downgraded the statewide Amber Alert for a 4-year-old Stanislaus County boy, allegedly kidnapped by his mother’s ex-boyfriend.

Sheriff’s Deputy Royjindar Singh said authorities decided to narrow the alert Saturday issued for Juliani Cardenas to just the San Joaquin Valley and San Jose areas.

Singh says those areas are where most of the suspect’s family and friends are located.

Authorities say 27-year-old Jose Rodriguez snatched the child from his grandmother’s arms in Patterson last Tuesday.

Sheriff’s officials received reports that a vehicle fitting the description of a car used in the kidnapping went into a nearby canal Tuesday night. After combing the water and recovering five stolen cars, crews called off the canal search.

 (© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
Comments (3)
  1. JaneQPublic says:

    Guy in a uniform handcuffed a minor and threatened arrent. He went over AS A COP – he didn’t go over as a parent. CLEAR ABUSE of AUTHORITY – no matter HOW possibly-well-intended his motivation. Now cop is liable for FALSE ARREST….or false imprisonmant.

  2. JQP says:

    Oops – CBS does wierd things – comment was supposed to be with article about the “San Jose Officer Probed for Bogus Teen Arrest”. CBS popped the page to this article instead – Get a GRIP CBS – you need to have your webmaster fix your website!!

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