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Nampa father arrested in Arizona following threats to take children to Mexico, police say

January 17, 2019 GMT

A Nampa man is in jail in Arizona following threats police say he made to his wife to take their three children to Mexico and never return.

Jose Hernandez, 25, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on Highway 93 near the miniscule northwest Arizona town of Wikieup, confirmed Sgt. Brian Jones of the Nampa Police Department. His arrest followed threats he made to the children’s mother to take them — a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old, and an 18-month-old — to Mexico. He told her she would never see them again, Jones said.

Nampa police officers learned of the threat about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jones said. By then, Hernandez was out of the state. The department issued an amber alert. Arizona law enforcement took him into custody not long after that.

Hernandez is still in jail in Arizona, but Jones said he will likely be extradited to Idaho, where he would probably be charged with child custody interference, a felony, similar to kidnapping, under the state’s criminal code.