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SAPD: King Jay's kidnapping was staged by father to cover up foul play

McManus: 'There's one answer that we don't have and that's: Where is King Jay?'

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police have identified and arrested the woman seen Friday night driving off in a car with what authorities initially believed was missing 8-month-old King Jay Davila in the back seat.

Angie Torres, 45, has been taken into police custody. 

"The child was not in the car," Police Chief William McManus said.

McManus said the investigation has revealed King Jay's father, Christopher Davila, staged the kidnapping in an attempt to "cover up foul play."

On Friday night, Davila drove to a West Side convenience store and left his car running and the driver's side door unlocked while he went inside to make a purchase, McManus said.

During that time, Torres was seen on surveillance video getting into Davila's car and driving off. Shortly after, the same woman was seen walking down a street with a baby carrier, McManus said.

"This was not a car theft. This was not a kidnapping. This was a staged event," McManus said. "The woman in the video who took the vehicle is a cousin of Christopher Davila."

Booking photo from Sept. 2013.

Police said Torres, who was arrested on an unrelated robbery charge, was dropped off on an adjoining street near the store by a person who has also been identified by police.

"We know that there are more people out there who have information on this case, what happened to King Jay," McManus said.

McManus said those who know anything and are withholding information regarding the disappearance of King Jay may be charged at the conclusion of the investigation.

"There is one answer that we don't have and that is: Where is King Jay?" McManus said. "We are actively looking everywhere and we will continue to look everywhere as this investigation moves forward."

KSAT captured footage Monday night of investigators and a cadaver dog searching a property on the city's West Side. Police said the property near Fortuna and Parkside Drive belongs to Davila's relatives.

The search for King Jay, however, turned up nothing.

SAPD Press Conference 01/07/19

LIVE: The San Antonio Police Department is holding a news conference to provide the latest on 8-month-old King Jay Davila, who was kidnapped Friday night. FOR MORE: https://www.ksat.com/news/sapd-to-hold-news-conference-on-kidnapped-baby-case

Posted by KSAT 12 & KSAT.com on Monday, January 7, 2019

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