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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:05 AM

(NM) Amber Alert suspect trying to clear his name

Police are still looking for two teenage girls who were last seen in Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM, Saturday. Authorities issued an overnight Amber Alert for 14-year-old Zuriah Castillo and 16-year-old Jaylynn Miller after they were 'allegedly abducted' by 37-year-old Andres Pinto. However, Pinto told KOB 4 he’s innocent.

“I didn't do any of that. I didn't kidnap nobody. I didn't take no little kids,” he said. Pinto said he was with one of the girl’s aunts when one of the teens called her to ask for a ride. “So she asked me 'Can we go up to Santo Domingo to go get her?' I says ‘Yeah, let's go,’” he said.

Pinto said they dropped the girls off at an Albuquerque hotel Saturday evening, and haven’t seen them since. He said he was shocked to see his name on the Amber Alert. Pinto said he called police immediately after he saw the Amber Alert. Police let him go after they heard his side of the story.

He also said police didn’t try to reach out to him before sending out the Amber Alert. “Why couldn't they reach out (to me)?
Every single cell phone in the state of New Mexico got my name, got the description of my car,” Pinto said.


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