Police say Amber Alert suspect had kidnapped, raped wife

Nacogdoches police have charged a man accused of fleeing with his two small children with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and sexual assault.

A spokesman with the police department said Luis Antonio Gallegos, 22, kidnapped the mother of his children at knife point and is charged for stealing her Chevy Tahoe. According to the arrest affidavits, Gallegos had been taking care of his children while his estranged wife was at work. During the day he called her to come to the house. Upon her arrival an argument began about their relationship. Written in the affidavit, "Luis bound (his wife's) hands  with a fabric material" and sexually assaulted her. The report continues noting that Gallegos placed his family in his wife's SUV, all the while "holding a knife that he had obtained and making stabbing motions while stating," the only way this will work is if we go to Mexico." According to the report Gallegos stopped at a South Street conveniance store. While attempting to get gas, his wife fled. Gallegos then left with his children.

The mother has been treated at a Nacogdoches hospital and released.

Local law enforcement issued an Amber Alert for a girl, age 4, and boy, age 2, at about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. Officials with the police, sheriff's office and constables' offices arrested Gallegos in a home in south Nacogdoches around 4:30 p.m.

The home belonged to a cousin of Gallegos. Sgt. Greg Sowell said law enforcement was about to search the Briarforest subdivision house-by-house. The cousin told law enforcement that her door was locked, which was a surprise to her because she said she never locked her door. That is when law enforcement entered the house and made the arrest and recovered the children.

The cousin said she did not know Gallegos was in her house.

"I just wanted to say thank You to everyone," Melissa Russell, Deep East Texas regional Amber Alert plan-coordinator, said. "This was our first activation and the children were located within two and a half hours of the initial alert."

Tonight on KTRE East Texas News at 6, we'll tell you how well officials believe they conducted their first Amber Alert.