Police- Man drops off abducted son after hearing Amber Alert

Monday, September 29, 2003

DENVER -- A man who kidnapped his 14-month-old son left the child with a family member 700 miles away Sunday after hearing a nationwide alert for the boy, police said.

Police say Jacub Dentler, accused of beating his former girlfriend and taking their son in the Denver suburb of Lafayette, dropped the child off several hours later at an uncle's home in Des Moines, Iowa.

"We know for a fact that the boy's father heard the Amber Alert and that caused him to drop off the boy," said Lafayette Police Cmdr. Rick Bashor. "He knew there was a nationwide search."

Amber Alerts are bulletins, distributed through radio and television broadcasts and electronic highway signs, on kidnapped children and their abductors. They are named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl abducted and later found murdered in Texas.

Dentler's uncle called Vaness Martinez on Sunday morning to say her son was safe, Bashor said.

Martinez told police she feared for her life Saturday when Dentler, a former boyfriend, beat her at her home, Bashor said. Martinez escaped by backing her vehicle through a closed garage door and going for help.

Dentler had promised to turn himself in to police but had not done so by Sunday afternoon, Bashor said.

He is wanted for kidnapping, aggravated assault and obstruction of justice. The baby was not harmed, Bashor said.

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