CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - A frightened mom's quick thinking appears to have put a child predator in jail.
Carlsbad police say the man threatened young girls he wanted to have sex with and now he's facing charges because one of the victim's moms hit a record button.
"The mother was crucial. She recorded the calls. She even recognized the voice which lead us right to him," said Carlsbad Police Detective Sgt. Blaine Rennie.
Rennie says Anthony Hernandez, 21, allegedly started calling his girlfriend's teenage nieces Thursday.
According to the criminal complaint, Hernandez asked the 13 and 15 year olds to have sex with him or else.
"They were terrified," said Rennie. "The girls were very nervous about what was going to happen to them. They were afraid to go out."
Police say Hernandez became more aggressive over the weekend, enough for them to arrest him at his home Saturday evening.
"He was actually threatening the parent's, their lives, if these females did not perform for him," said Rennie.
Rennie says in one phone call, Hernandez told the victim he would rape her and kill her mom if she didn't cooperate.
"It becomes very dangerous because you could end up with a missing child every now and then from these types of cases," said Rennie.
Detectives say each of the calls between Hernandez and the victims lasted between two and four minutes.
With Hernandez in jail, they say they're now looking to see if there are more victims.
"Right now we're going through contact lists on the phones and trying to contact the numbers that he did just to check to see who they are and what age they are," said Rennie.
Carlsbad police say Hernandez got the victim's phone numbers from his girlfriend's cell phone.
Officers say they are interviewing another possible victim, and their investigation could still reveal others.
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