Snapchat Helps Police Find Abducted Teen In Motel

Albert Thomas Vasquez, Antonio Quirino Salvador and Hediberto  Gonzalez Avarenga face charges for the alleged abduction and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl from Capitola.
Photo credit San Jose Police Department

A 14-year-old girl used Snapchat to notify her friends that she'd been kidnapped, which helped police find her and three suspects, authorities said. 

San Jose Police Department officials said that Albert Thomas Vasquez, 55, drugged the girl in Capitola Tuesday before contacting  Antonio Quirino Salvador, 34, and Hediberto  Gonzalez Avarenga, 31. The three suspects forced the teen into a vehicle, where Vaasquez sexually assaulted her and took her to the EZ 8 Motel in San Jose, police said. 

In a second-floor room, Vasquez again sexually assaulted the victim, police said. 

The girl was able to contact friends on Snapchat, letting them know that she'd been kidnapped, although she was unable to say where she was being held. Her friends figured out her location by using the app and called 911, San Jose police said. 

Vasquez is accused of kidnapping to commit rape, digital penetration with a child under 14 years with force, false imprisonment, lewd act with a child 14 or 15 years with force and rape by intoxication or controlled substance. 

Salvador and Avarenga were arrested for alleged kidnapping and conspiracy.