An Ashland man was arraigned today on six felony counts, including kidnapping, for allegedly abducting his 22-month-old daughter from her mother at knifepoint last Wednesday, according to prosecutors. Alameda County Senior Deputy District Attorney Roy Scheingart said he charged Javier Luna, 26, also known as Luis Meza Valdivia, with two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of robbery, domestic violence, child endangerment and child abduction. The prosecutor said he also charged Luna with six enhancement clauses of using a dangerous weapon, specifically a knife. Scheingart said a judge set Luna’s bail at $300,000 at a brief hearing today and ordered him to return to court on Wednesday to finalize his legal representation and possibly enter a plea. According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson, Yosseline Caroline Meza, the 22-month-old girl, was found safe at a house in unincorporated Hayward Thursday afternoon after Luna allegedly threatened her mom with a knife and abducted the girl late last Wednesday night. A statewide Amber Alert was issued for the girl at 4 a.m. Thursday. Nelson said law enforcement developed information that Luna had taken his daughter to a friend’s house on Westfield Avenue and sheriff’s deputies surrounded the perimeter. An unsuspecting Valdiva stepped outside around 1 p.m. and was arrested, Nelson said. Yosseline was inside the house, alone and unharmed, according to Nelson. The incident started Wednesday night when Luna met his ealamedx-girlfriend, who is Yosseline’s mother, at a Burger King in Ashland, which is an unincorporated part of San Leandro, Nelson said. The three drove away together in a white Toyota Camry and sometime along the way Luna got mad, threatened the ex-girlfriend with a knife and told her she would never see her daughter again, Nelson said. He said the mother convinced Luna to stop at a gas station in Turlock so she could use the bathroom. He reportedly allowed her to do so, as long as she left her purse and the baby in the car. At that point she told people in the gas station the situation and he drove away. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office was notified about the incident around 1 a.m. Thursday and sheriff’s deputies led the investigation because the two are both residents of Ashland, Nelson said. Yosseline was reunited with her mother after Luna was arrested.
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