Coastal Bend Smart Phones Get Word of Missing San Antonio Child

An Amber Alert has been issued for an 11-month old boy who was allegedly kidnapped by his father. The child, Jonathan Jose Guillen, Jr., was last seen Dec. 13 in San Antonio.

Police all across the state are asking folks to be on the lookout for the young boy's father, 23-year old Jonathan Guillen, Sr., who is said to shot and killed his mother's boyfriend before taking his son.

On Tuesday, the Amber Alert for Guillen, Jr., was sent to cell phones all across the Coastal Bend, alarming quite a few people. It is a new system that is still in the transition phase.

The wireless system is intended to get the word out to folks as quickly as possible. It is still in the testing phase. For example, the Amber Alert was issued on Monday, but it did not hit cell phones until Tuesday.

Officers say that, despite the fact that it's a day late, it is still something that works at getting the word out and putting the pressure on whoever is on the run.

"People know there's an Amber Alert, and when the alert is put out, people are watching," said State Trooper Charlie Ramirez of the Department of Public Safety. "Being that this individual knew, that possibly, they were looking for him, they abandoned the vehicle probably, obtained another one, and now they're in another car, with the child. Direction of travel, we do not know. But we're still looking for him."

The alerts are automatic, so depending on your provider, you will receive them on your smart phone without signing up for the program.

Police have located the black Trailblazer mentioned in the Amber Alert, and have no new information as to what kind of vehicle the suspect or the child might be traveling in.


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