Wichita woman, 3 children found safe after abduction

AMBER Alert

AMBER Alert

WICHITA, Kan. — Authorities say the abduction of a Wichita woman and three children after a residential burglary was not a random event.

Wichita police said Tuesday that 36-year-old Melissa Gifford, 2-year-old Grayson Gifford, 8-year-old Madison Ruiz and 8-year-old Aiden Ruiz were found safe at a hotel in Wichita after the reported abduction.

Wichita police say in a news release the suspect and others were located earlier at a hotel, and are being interviewed.

A man told officers responding to a burglary call that several suspects had entered his home. One man had allegedly pointed a handgun at him and tied him up. The suspects allegedly stole electronics and then escorted the women and her three children from the home.

Their disappearance had led law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert overnight.

In the AMBER Alert, police said a man named Roque Arellano, who may also go by Ariano Flacco or “Flako”, and his girlfriend took the three children and their mother from their home in the area of 1800 S. Lexington at approximately 11:30 p.m., Monday. Arellano and his girlfriend were believed to be armed.

Roque Arellano, 34, is described as a suspect in the AMBER Alert.

Roque Arellano, 34, is described as a suspect in the AMBER Alert.

Wichita police say they are still looking for the 1999 black Ford Expedition like the one in the photo below.  The vehicle had a 60 day Kansas tag B32894.

Stock photo of vehicle suspect is believed to be driving.

Stock photo of vehicle suspect is believed to be driving.

If you see the vehicle call 911 or the AMBER Alert Tip Line at (316) 383-4661.