Elijah Reczek was last seen just after midnight Monday in his home of the 2700 block of South Emerald in Roswell. Four hours later, an Amber Alert was issued.
Roswell police report the six-year-old had been taken by his mother, 30-year-old Miranda Aguilar. Soon after, Lubbock police learned that Aguilar, along with two other suspects, might be headed this way.
"Those officers went over there, and just started combing the area in southwest Lubbock, trying to find anything that would maybe give even a hint of what might be a suspect vehicle," Sergeant Jason Lewis with LPD said.
Around 10:30 a.m., police found the suspect vehicle, the suspects, and the child behind a hotel in southwest Lubbock.
"At that time, they saw the units, and it looked like they were trying to leave the area as quickly as possible," Lewis said. "It went very well. The officers were able to take everyone into custody, I think just by overwhelming them, without incident. So, there weren't any shots fired, and nobody was in any harm."
Evidence was collected from the vehicle. The suspects were taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center. So what led law enforcement to Lubbock, right down to the correct part of town, in their search for the child? Roswell police couldn't say.
"Just through the course of the investigation, information was obtained regarding their whereabouts, and that led the detectives here in Roswell to contact Lubbock authorities," Sabrina Morales, with Roswell Police Department, said.
Lubbock police report word came from the FBI, but wouldn't provide details.
Aguilar is charged with aggravated battery, conspiracy, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, and custodial interference. Renae Denke, 31, is held on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, conspiracy, and false imprisonment. Roland Yoingco, 32, is charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony and aggravated burglary. All three suspects face extradition to New Mexico.
Police won't confirm it, but numerous media organizations in New Mexico report that the Aguilar's cell phone was pinged, leading to her location.