Abducted Rio Rancho teen found safe in Indiana


RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Abducted Rio Rancho teen Andrea Lucero was located Sunday evening, nearly 24 hours after an Amber Alert was issued.

Late Saturday night, New Mexico State Police issued an Amber Alert for the 16-year-old, who was allegedly abducted by 37-year-old Joe Medina.

KRQE News 13 affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis reports that Indiana State Police caught Medina getting off a Greyhound bus in Indianapolis, with Lucero, acting on a tip from Missouri State Police.

“Everybody’s been waiting for this moment, everybody loves happy endings and it certainly is,” Lucero’s mother, Rebecca Vigil, told KRQE News 13.

Lucero was not physically injured, police say, and Medina has been taken into custody.

Medina will be charged with kidnapping and be held on a $100,000 cash-only bond after he’s extradited back to New Mexico.

Vigil said her daughter was lured by Medina after he created a fake Facebook profile.

She worries this isn’t the first time he’s done something like this, and she has this message for parents:

“Everybody’s so concerned about letting your children have the latest technology,” she said. “But social media isn’t worth this — the risk of having your child contacted by predator.”

Vigil said both her and her daughter won’t be using social media anymore.

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