The Denver Police Department is on the lookout for 25-year-old Christina Santos -- not due to anything she's done, but because of what was done to her. Early this morning, Santos was reportedly grabbed by her boyfriend and forced into his vehicle against her will.
Their whereabouts is currently unknown, but the DPD is clearly concerned about her safety, since reps quickly issued a bulletin about the crime, complete with descriptions of Santos, her abductor and his car. Get details below.
Santos and her boyfriend, known only as Gerardo, are both homeless, but they're said to frequent the area near Park Avenue and Lawrence -- the intersection that provides a home to the Denver Rescue Mission.
At approximately 1:05 a.m. today, according to the DPD, officers responded to a different address -- 3925 Xavier Street -- on a report of domestic violence and kidnapping. The caller: Santos's mom, who told police Gerardo had assaulted Christina, then made her get into his car before driving away.
There's some uncertainty about the brand and model of his ride; it's thought to be either a green Mazda Navajo SUV or a similarly hued Ford Explorer. However, the Colorado license plate number is 651YPG.
As for Santos, she's a five-feet seven-inch, 180 pound Hispanic with shoulder-length brown hair. At the time she was taken, she wore a gray T-shirt and jeans. Gerardo, meanwhile, is a five-feet eight-inch Hispanic with a shaved head and some facial hair. When last seen, he was clad in a black T-shirt and jeans.
Anyone with info about either Santos or Gerardo is encouraged to contact the DPD's Missing and Exploited Persons unit at 720-913-6911.
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