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Rupert woman charged with kidnapping after missing teen found in California
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Rupert woman charged with kidnapping after missing teen found in California


RUPERT — A third person has been charged with kidnapping in connection with the Rupert teen who was found in California after an Amber Alert was issued in April.

Rosa E. Alcantar-Garcia


Rosa Elena Alcantar-Garcia, 37, of Rupert was arraigned in Minidoka County Magistrate Court on June 1 on a felony first-degree kidnapping charge and a charge of misdemeanor enticing of a child.

She was with two men, Carmelo Villanueva-Galarza, 35, and his son, Sergio Anaya Alcantar, 18, who were previously charged in the incident.

Anaya Alcantar is charged with felony rape and second-degree kidnapping, court records said.

Villanueva-Galarza was charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor under age 16. The sexual abuse charge was dismissed in magistrate court.

An Amber Alert was issued in mid-April after the 14-year-old girl’s mother told police she disappeared. The teen was found by California Highway Patrol officers hiding in a tree with Anaya Alcantar at a rest stop.

Anaya Alcantar and Villanueva-Galarza were both arrested in California and charged.

According to court records, Alcantar-Garcia was not arrested at the time due to other small children in the car.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set at 1:30 p.m. June 10 in magistrate court.

A jury trial for Villanueva-Galarza is set at 9 a.m. Oct. 14. Anaya Alcantar waived his preliminary hearing on May 27 and is set to be arraigned in district court at 11:45 a.m. June 4.


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