CLEARFIELD -- Clearfield police are looking for a kidnapping suspect who lost his shoes while running from police, said Sgt. Kyle Jeffries.
Jeffries said Javier Antonio-Lopez, 24, is suspected of abducting his estranged 25-year-old girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter at Oak Hills Elementary School in Kearns at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and then driving around for hundreds of miles during the next four hours to Park City and back through Salt Lake and Weber counties.
Jeffries said the victims begged Lopez to let them out of the vehicle, but he refused to let them go and continued driving so they could not get out. This all started from a fight between the suspect and the female the night before when she broke up with him, Jeffries said. The suspect was not going to let the female leave him.
Police spotted the car Lopez was driving at a gas station, and noticed some suspicious behavior as no one got out to fill the car with gas. Police followed the car to another gas station, where a police officer saw the woman stick her leg out of the vehicle in an attempt to get out before it sped away. Police then tried to pull the car over at about 7:30 p.m., but Lopez drove the car off the road and then fled on foot to avoid being arrested.
Jeffires said the woman and child were not harmed, but were held against their will in the car.
Lopez, who also goes by David, ran from the car near the Legend Hills business complex, 2000 E. 1200 South, into a muddy field where police later found his shoes.
Police believe Lopez may have hitchhiked along the interstate near Antelope Drive. He is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tattoo on his left shoulder that reads "Antonio Lopez."
Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Clearfield Police Department at 801-525-2806.