Nearly 12 hours after two young children were abducted from their Lancaster home, their father and grandfather were arrested this morning in Philadelphia.
Ahorrio-Martinez Jr., 23, and Eddie Ahorrio-Saavedra
Sr., 47, both of Columbia, entered the home in the 600 block of Almanac Avenue through an unlocked door around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Lancaster police said.
Ahorrio-Martinez Jr. had a handgun, which he pointed at his estranged wife, her current boyfriend and his 15-year-old sister, and Ahorrio-Saavedra
Sr. struck the 20-year-old boyfriend several times in the head with a
metal pipe wrench, police said.
Ahorrio-Martinez Jr. and his father then forcefully took the children, a 3-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, and fled in a black 1993 Nissan Altima, police said.
Shortly after 5 a.m., Police said they received
information that the Nissan was possibly near Vineland, New Jersey. It
was initially believed that the suspects were headed to Boston, but authorities later learned they were possibly headed toward
Philadelphia, police said.
Around 7:30 a.m., the Nissan was spotted by a Pennsylvania state trooper on Route 1 at Interstate 76. The vehicle was stopped, both suspects were taken into custody, and the children were found asleep in the back seat in good health, police said.
Lancaster detectives returned the children to Lancaster, and they have been
reunited with their mother.
Her boyfriend was released from Lancaster General
Hospital after he was treated for lacerations
to the back of his head.
Ahorrio-Martinez Jr. was charged with kidnapping, burglary, robbery, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy.
His father was charged with kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault, and criminal conspiracy.