Espanola Police Rescue Taos Girl From Abductor

Taos County Sheriffs Office issued an Amber Alert for Angelica Valdez, 15, who was abducted Saturday evening in Taos. Espanola police successfully located the girl Sunday morning. Courtesy/TCSO

Espanola Police Rescue Taos Girl From Abductor

Staff Report

Early Sunday morning Espanola City Police successfully located a juvenile who had been the subject of a frantic Amber Alert search. Her abductor was also taken into custody.

Late Saturday night New Mexico State Police issued an Amber Alert for a 15-year-old female child named Angelica Valdez. This child is described as being 4 feet 2 inches tall, 104 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The abductor and child were last seen Saturday evening in the area of #75 Santa Barbara Road in Penasco.

Christian Orozoco was arrested Sunday morning for abducting a 15-year-old child. Courtesy/TCSO

The suspected abductor is Christian Orozoco. The Taos County Sheriff’s Office reported that on Saturday Orozco forced his way into a Penasco area home, held two grandparents at gunpoint and threatened to kill them. Deputies say Orozco then abducted Angelica Valdez and took off in a brown-colored car.

Family members reported that Orozco and Valdez were in a recent, violent relationship.
Orozco is also a wanted felon from a January 2017 kidnapping and assault case out of Rio Arriba County.

Orozoco is described as a 21-year-old hispanic, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, wearing blue jeans and a dark colored hooded jacket.

The Taos County Sheriffs Office was contacted Saturday at approximately 6:51 p.m., in reference to a child being abducted.