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A 9-year-old boy violently kidnapped this week from his home in Palm Desert has been found safe in San Diego County, California.
His Colorado Springs mother and an unidentified man are in
Nicholas Farber was found at a campground in the Jamul
area east of San Diego.
Armed gunmen abducted the boy early Wednesday morning from his
father's home in Palm Desert, California.
Authorities had been searching for a motor home with a Florida
license plate believed to be carrying the boy.
His mother, Debra Rose and her former roommate, Carla Bender,
have been named as suspects in the kidnapping carried out by the
two unidentified men.
Someone in an R-V park at Jamul saw the motor home pull into the
park and called police at 12:25 p-m.
A sheriff's deputy came to the park and heard some stirring inside the motor home.
When the occupants refused to come out, the deputy called for backup and other deputies surrounded the vehicle.
Rose and the man then surrendered.
Deputies had the boy 30 minutes after the tip.
Electronic highways signs in California had flashed the motor
home's Florida license plate number.
Authorities also had issued a description of the distinctive vehicle, a tan 1997 Bounder motor home with kangaroo decals and an orange stripe on each side.
Nicholas was the subject of a custody dispute between his
parents who married in 1991 and divorced five years later.
The boy lived with Rose until she was arrested August 15th in
Colorado Springs and held briefly for allegedly violating a restraining
order involving another ex-husband.
Farber went to Colorado and got Nicholas, then was granted temporary custody by a California court, which scheduled a September 5th hearing on the father's bid for permanent custody.
Authorities declared the boy's mother a suspect yesterday after
officers found her pickup at a casino in Primm, Nevada.
A 46-thousand dollar reward had been posted for information
leading to Nicholas' whereabouts.
A composite sketch of one of the kidnappers showed a possibly
Hispanic man with a goatee, described as 5-feet-8, 175 pounds, in
his early 30s, with a medium build, dressed in a dark sweat suit
and carrying a dark-colored bag.
There was no composite sketch for the other gunman because he
wore a nylon stocking or mask over his face.
He was described only as 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds.