Associated Press Writer –
1 hr 43 mins ago
LAS VEGAS – A 6-year-old boy kidnapped from a Las Vegas home by alleged drug dealers posing as policemen has been found alive in a neighborhood northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, police said early Sunday.
Cole Puffinburger was recovered at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after a caller informed detectives about a child walking alone on a street in a middle-class neighborhood of tidy, modest-sized homes about 5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas police Officer Jay Rivera said.
Authorities arrested Cole's grandfather Clemens Tinnemeyer late Friday in connection with the boy's disappearance. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Tinnemeyer was Cole's maternal grandfather.
Police believe that the abductors were Mexican drug dealers and that the kidnapping at gunpoint was a "message" to Tinnemeyer, 51, whom they said may have stolen millions of dollars from dealers.
Tinnemeyer was arrested in Riverside, Calif., and was being held in nearby San Bernardino on a material witness warrant issued by a federal court in Nevada.
Abducted 6-year-old boy found alive in Las Vegas
Sunday, October 19, 2008 3:00 PM EDT
The Associated Press
By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Six-year-old kidnapping victim Cole Puffinburger was safe in his father's custody Sunday, as police tried to untangle the child's family's ties to the Mexican drug dealers suspected in his abduction.
"We're speaking with the boy today. I know he's being interviewed by law enforcement, and we'll probably get a better idea of where he's been," FBI spokesman David Staretz said Sunday. Read More...
Boy being questioned by Las Vegas police
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