Update May 29, 2019 at 5:44 p.m.
After consulting with The Dallas County Districts Attorneys Office, a Class C (at- large) citation was issued to the father of Fermin Fuentes for False Report Regarding a Missing Child. This charge specifically addresses the facts of this investigation. Other “false report” statues are not as specific and therefore would not apply.
Update 5/27/2019 at 3:45 p.m.:
On Sunday, May 26, 2019, at approximately 6:27pm, the complainant reported that his vehicle had been stolen from the McDonalds at 2215 S. Buckner Boulevard and Bruton Road. The complainant advised that he saw a White male enter his vehicle and drive off. The complainant reported that his young son was in the vehicle at the time.
Responding officers began searching the area. The complainant was transported to Youth Ops to be interviewed by detectives. The complainant stated that he had no family in the area and that he was living at an apartment in Oak Cliff. Detectives continued to investigate this reported offense so that they could meet the criteria set by the Department of Public Safety to issue an Amber Alert.
A track of the complainant’s phone led officers to the location where the vehicle was located. While there, the suspect vehicle showed up and they were detained at approximately 9:00 p.m. By this time, the Department had already been in contact with DPS on getting the Amber Alert issued. After meeting the criteria, they agreed to disseminate the information. When it was discovered that the vehicle was located, the portion of the information related to the vehicle was removed by DPS.
At about 10:42 p.m., DPS sent out the Amber Alert without the information on the believed missing child, a description of suspects or a vehicle description. The Department contacted DPS and they quickly added the information on their Facebook page as well as other social media sites.
At 12:20 a.m., a call was received by Youth Operations from a caller that had the child and mother at her residence. The mother had custody of the child all day and has been estranged from the complainant for some time. The child was never in the vehicle.
The Department is exploring possible charges for the complainant with the District Attorney’s Office related to the false claim that the child was kidnapped.
The department will continue to work with DPS and the issuance of Amber Alert for future incidents to provide better service to missing children.
Fermin Fuentes has been located and is safely with his mother. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the father, Mr. Fuentes, had inconsistencies in his reporting of the incident. It was initially reported by Mr. Fuentes that the mother was in Mexico with no way to be contacted. After further investigation the mother was located with the child in her custody. It has been determined that Fermin Fuentes was with his mother and was never in any danger or in the vehicle when it was initially reported stolen. Mr. Fuentes has not been taken into custody at this time and it has yet to be determined if Mr. Fuentes will be changed with an offense.
The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Critical Missing Person Fermin Fuentes. Fermin was last seen on May 26, 2019, at about 6:00 p.m., in the 2200 block of S. Buckner Boulevard. He was a passenger in a vehicle that was stolen.
Fermin Fuentes is described as a White male 4 years old with black curly hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 3’ 00” tall, and weighs about 45 pounds. Fermin was last seen wearing a grey shirt and brown shorts. The vehicle that was stolen is described as a silver 2006 Ford 500 with TX License Plates BRR1097, with a Texas Rangers sticker on the trunk.
If you see this person, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department at (214) 671-4268.