Police arrest alleged Nampa kidnapper outside Las Vegas

Idaho StatesmanJanuary 3, 2014 

— Jose Bueno Perez was taken into custody Friday afternoon after a short pursuit on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nampa police Lt. Stacy Mowry said.

Nampa police learned earlier in the afternoon Perez and his estranged wife, kidnap victim Michelle Maiden Perez, might be in the Las Vegas area, Mowry said. They alerted Nevada law enforcement agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which deployed officers to look for a cream-colored Chrysler 300 that Perez was driving.

Details were sketchy because Jose Perez was taken into custody about 4:45 p.m. Mountain Time, Mowry said.

"I can't tell you the relief we felt at hearing that Michelle Perez, 28, was found safe," he said. "It's very fortunate that it turned out the way it did."

Jose Perez is being charged with kidnapping and violation of a no contact order, Mowry said. He did not know if Nevada police would add any charges of their own.

He did not appear on an online inmate list at the Clark County Detention Center shortly before 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

Perez will have to undergo an extradition hearing before he can be returned to Idaho.

"We'll be working on the extradition process next week," Mowry said.

Michelle Perez was allegedly abducted by Jose Perez, 36, her estranged husband, at about 5 a.m. Friday from her home in the 1100 block of 13th Avenue South in Nampa, Mowry said. Police received a call from a person who saw her being taken away against her will, he said.

Initially, police believed they might be headed toward Jerome, where Jose Perez has family. They later learned they might be in the Las Vegas area, although Mowry declined to say how they learned that information.

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