Cleveland Kidnap Victim Found Safe in Northern Illinois

A Liberty County mother is found safe in Cook County, Illinois and her abductor is arrested.

Erika Rio Valdez was taken from her driveway in Cleveland Tuesday evening by Abel Fajardo at gunpoint.

At 2am on New Year’s Day officials in northern Illinois notified Liberty County that Valdez was found safe and alive.

Fajardo is arrested.

The two had met previously and family members say he had been stalking her for two years.Her brother witnessed the abduction and chased Fajardo’s vehicle unsuccessfully Tuesday night.

photo: KPRC-TV

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