Pursuit Ends, Abduction Suspect In Custody

Three-Year-Old Girl Is Safe

Maria Servillon is arrested after a pursuit lasting several hours down
Highway 101.

August 9 (BCN) — A woman who allegedly abducted her 3-year-old daughter
from Antioch Sunday afternoon has been taken into custody, calling off an
Amber Alert that was in effect for more than three hours beginning at 11
a.m. today, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said today.

CHP spokesman Wayne Ziese said today that the CHP apprehended 25-year-old
Maria Servillon and her daughter Mikayla Viana is safely in officers’
custody following a tireless pursuit that began in San Francisco and
ended in the Santa Maria area in San Luis Obispo County.

At around 11:09 a.m. today, Caltrans employee Sergio Gomez called 911 to
report that he thought he had spotted Servillon’s dark blue 1995 Land

Gomez, 40, said he was on his way to a construction project in Daly City
when he spotted the vehicle on John Daly Boulevard and Serra Boulevard
near the Daly City BART station. The vehicle was traveling east on John
Daly Boulevard, he said.

Gomez, a civil engineer who lives in Daly City and has worked for
Caltrans for 12 years, said he had seen an Amber Alert for the girl
shortly before he saw the vehicle.

“The vehicle fit the description that was listed, but I wasn’t sure of
the license plate number so I listened to the radio and the number was
confirmed,” he said.

As Gomez followed the vehicle from a safe distance, the CHP along with
patrol units from the San Francisco Police Department prepared to stop
the vehicle near a 7-Eleven, but were unable to because Servillon “raced
onto the freeway,” Ziese said.

Servillon drove across the Bay Bridge and onto the Nimitz Freeway, at
which time two air patrol units joined in the pursuit.

Servillon apparently drove through the East Bay and then headed toward
the South Bay.

“She was throwing disposable cameras and CDs at (pursuing CHP) units as
the pursuit wound its way through the East Bay,” Ziese said. “Then the
decision was made to start backing off.”

When she arrived in the South Bay, the CHP made the decision to pursue
the vehicle from above instead of using ground units, Ziese said.

Patrol units trailed well back and well out of sight while a CHP aircraft
and helicopter hovered above.

The driver then continued south on U.S. Highway 101, passing through
Gilroy, Salinas and King City, continuing toward San Luis Obispo, where
she pulled off the freeway and surrendered to officers, Ziese said.
Further information about the arrest is not available at this time.

Servillon will most likely be booked into the San Luis Obispo County
jail, Ziese said, and her daughter will be taken to Child Protective
Services. The Land Rover will be impounded and the Antioch Police
Department will coordinate with the CHP about the investigation.

Since the Amber Alert began there have been 62 Amber Alerts. All children
involved have been safely recovered.

Copyright 2004 by Bay City News, Inc.

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