Authorities looking for an abducted 4-year-old California boy say there is surveillance video showing the car and possibly the man who took him, Fox40.com reports.
Juliani Cardenas, 4, whose abduction in Stanislaus County led to a statewide Amber Alert, was snatched from his grandmother's arms by his mother's ex-boyfriend, authorities said Wednesday.
The suspect, Jose Esteban Rodriguez, 27, allegedly pulled into the driveway of a Patterson home around 4:12 p.m. Tuesday and abducted the boy while he was with his grandmother in the garage.
The Amber Alert sent out Tuesday evening reported Rodriguez was driving a 2003 Toyota Corrolla, silver in color with a spare tire on the passenger side.
Authorities said there is surveillance video showing the car at a Chevron gas station along I-5 near Sperry in Patterson. It is not clear if the video was taken before or after Juliani was taken. The video also shows Rodriguez inside the convenience store buying something.
Tabitha Cardenas, the boy's mother, and Rodriguez had been together for two years, but she had not seen Rodriguez for six months, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff's spokesman Royjindar Singh.
Authorities do not have a possible motive for the abduction.
Singh said Rodriguez is not the boy's father.
Investigators say Rodriguez should be considered dangerous, but he did not show any weapon during the abduction, according to the station. Rodriguez has a criminal history, including a manslaughter conviction from 1999. He also has been arrested on suspicion of assault and battery and unlawful sexual intercourse.
"The suspect has an extensive criminal history," Singh said. "The boy could be in danger."
Rodriguez was wearing a white and black shirt, checkered shorts and a beanie. Singh said the boy was in dark sweat pants, a light blue fleece sweater and black Spider Man shoes with lights on them.
Authorities initially believed Rodriguez could be heading to San Jose, where he has family. But they now say he has family throughout California, including in the Central Valley, and could be anywhere in the state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report