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Crime Trackers: Woman claims she was attacked and her disabled son was nearly kidnapped

TUCSON – A woman claims she was assaulted, and her disabled son was nearly kidnapped from their home.

It happened June 12 on 44th Street West of South Sixth Avenue. Mercedes Ortega told News 4 Tucson two women came to her house harassed her son and tried to kidnap him.

She arrived just in time. He screamed for her to watch out. Ortega said that was when the women tried to run her over.

She called Tucson Police and they took pictures of the damages and of her and her son.

Ortega said police told her they did not feel it was safe for her to stay there and they should not be there.

She left with her son and her pets.

Neighbors told News 4 Tucson, the following the day the same woman returned with a group of men and headed straight to Ortega’s apartment.

The neighbor asked not to be identified said the group started smashing windows, broke down the door and had guns. They fired their weapons into the air.

The neighbor added that was very frightening because of the children in the complex.

Another neighbor who also didn’t want to be identified said the group went into the Ortega’s apartment came out with TV’s, clothes and other items from inside the house.

Tucson police said the two incidents are possibly connected and it is more of a burglary than a home invasion. They are investigating.

For now, the property is boarded up and Ortega and her son have not returned because they say it is not safe.

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.
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