La Mesa, NM - A man accused of setting fire to home of his son's grandparents and fleeing with the boy turned himself in, Doña Ana County Sheriff's deputies said.
A warrant was issued Monday evening for the arrest of 23-year-old Sergio Guadalupe following an Amber Alert for his 2-year-old son Ethan. The boy was found safe Monday night.
Jacquez turned himself at the main station of the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies said Jacquez was accompanied by his attorney and is cooperating fully with the investigation.
The Amber Alert was canceled late Monday after 2-year-old Ethan Jacquez was found safe. Doña Ana County Sheriff's deputies told ABC-7 the boy was left with his paternal grandfather in Anthony, N.M. He is said to be in good health and was not harmed.
DASO and federal authorities believed Jacquez had fled to Mexico. On Monday afternoon, Jacquez allegedly took his son from the boy's maternal grandparents' home on the 100 block of Powell in La Mesa, N.M.
Authorities said the grandfather tried to stop Jacquez from taking Ethan. Jacquez allegedly hit the man repeatedly, doused the inside of the mobile home with gasoline and set it on fire. Doña Ana County fire officials confirmed the home is a total loss. A Go Gund Me account has been set up to help the family rebuild.
The smoke in the mobile home forced the grandmother and the boy out of the home. Jacquez allegedly pushed the woman, took the boy and stole the grandparents' pickup.
"He start hitting me and hitting me and I fell to the ground. He start kicking me and kicked me a couple times and he went to get the gallon of gasoline and throw it at me," said Carlos Jurado, Ethan's maternal grandfather.
"He (Jacquez) has a really bad temper, " said Cynthia Jurado, Ethan's maternal grandmother. "I feared he could be violent but I never thought he would be capable of doing this."
Border Patrol officials told sheriff's deputies the truck was picked up on a license plate reader at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry on Monday night.
"When our deputies responded to pick up the boy we were told the boy had been there for several hours, so we also have several unanswered questions and several holes in the time line," Jameson said.