Amber Alert ends after chase, crash in Colorado

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 2-year-old Albuquerque girl is still recovering in the hospital after her father allegedly kidnapped her.

According to State Police 19-year-old Ramiro Tirado took 2-year-old Denise Tirado Monday night in Albuquerque. State Police issued an Amber Alert for Denise after the abduction.

The incident began Monday night when Albuquerque Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Glorieta NE to respond to a suspicious situation. APD says a 911 call was received around 9:00 p.m. saying, “send police.”

Police say the caller told dispatch that her daughter was in trouble and that she had heard a disturbance in the background. When police arrived on scene, no one was home. APD said the caller arrived a short time later and told police that her daughter had a fight with her boyfriend, Ramiro, and that Ramiro had pointed a gun at her daughter – threatening to kill her.

APD later located the victim at a hotel and learned that Ramiro had taken the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Denise. An Amber Alert was issued for the girl at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The suspect’s vehicle was seen Tuesday morning when an eyewitness spotted it in Raton. The witness followed the vehicle until Colorado State Patrol began to pursue the vehicle. When the patrol officer tried to stop the vehicle a chase ensued.

Listen: Amber Alert 911 calls

Police say Ramiro was hitting speeds of 100 miles-per-hour and driving recklessly. CSP says the vehicle hit a stop strip and crashed. Both Denise and Ramiro were ejected from the vehicle.

Denise was airlifted to a Denver Hospital. They are not releasing her condition but CSP says she suffered moderate injuries. In a Facebook post, Denise’s mom says she is on her way to Denver and that Denise is awake and crying.

Ramiro was taken to a Pueblo hospital with moderate injuries.

State Police say the Amber Alert has been cancelled.

According to APD, Ramiro is facing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping charges. Police are working to get Ramiro extradited back to New Mexico.

A good Samaritan

One person who called 911 and helped track the little girl down was a man traveling from California to Colorado. Not only did this spot the car and alert police but he says he followed Ramiro in his car until police caught up with him.

At 3:00 a.m. Tuesday State Police issued an Amber Alert for 2-year-old Denise Tirado. Three hours later Joel Leach is driving north on I-25 near Raton when he spotted a matching description of the car Denise is in.

After leach passed the car he pulled over miles ahead, grabbed his cell phone to get the license plate number from the amber alert. All while trying not to seem suspicious.

“I get up to this guy, I’m in the left lane, and he’s in the right lane. I get up close enough where I can read the plate and I look at the plates match. There is an absolute match,” Leach said.

Tirado then pulls off the highway and pulled into the crossroads gas station. Leach does same but sets up across the street at the 87 Express and calls police.

Clerks at the gas station say they recognized Tirado and also called police.

Leach followed Tirado back onto the highway all the way into Colorado where the Colorado State Patrol is waiting for him.

Leach says typically he does not carry a cell phone and hasn’t watched TV or been on the computer for days but then that Amber Alert came across. He believes it was meant to be that he was there to help. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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