Heather Miller had just returned from her mother’s house when she pulled into the parking lot at a Mesa apartment complex.
She exited her minivan and set her fiance’s son, 3-year-old Isaiah Vargas, outside the vehicle. She then turned to unbuckle her 2-year-old boy, Jordan, when two men came running toward them.
The 22-year-old said one man grabbed Isaiah while the other punched her in the face. They then escaped in a dark green Volkswagen Jetta, she said.
It was about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. Isaiah’s parents and relatives say they haven’t seen him since he was taken from the Windscape Apartments, 550 E. McKellips Road, and they haven’t heard a word from the abductors.
As authorities searched Friday for the 3-year-old, his parents, Tyrece Young, 28, of Mesa and Sylvia Vargas, 22, of Queen Creek pleaded for the return of their son.
“Please, please, please, with all my heart, I’m begging, please, help us out,” Young said.
Vargas urged the kidnappers to call 911 or drop Isaiah off at a safe place. “We just want him to come home,” she said.
Isaiah’s family gathered outside the Mesa Police Department trying to make sense of the kidnapping.
Police are investigating, but don’t have a lot of information about the kidnappers, other than that the man who Miller says hit her had his hair in cornrows.
The family members said they don’t know who the kidnappers are, but Young said he knows a couple of people who could be involved. He said he doesn’t think the kidnapping was random.
As the family spoke to the media, they questioned why police didn’t issue an Amber Alert.
Police spokeswoman Holly Hosac said that when the kidnapping call first came in, police didn’t have enough information to tell the public that would have helped find the boy.
Police spokeswoman Detective Diana Tapia later added that another underlying circumstance that she couldn’t disclose prevented them from issuing the alert.
While Young was awarded full custody of Isaiah in May, there have been disputes between Sylvia Vargas’ family, and Young and Miller.
On Nov. 10, Sylvia Vargas’s mother, Maria Guadalupe Robinson, 40, of Mesa stabbed Miller after they argued about taking Isaiah for a weekend, according to a Mesa police report. Robinson has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and will be sentenced April 12.
Isaiah is 3 feet tall and weighs 29 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red jersey with the letters FUBU on the back.
Anyone with information should call police at (480) 644-2014.