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3-Year-Old Kidnapped from Foster Home

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas police are looking for two suspects who kidnapped a 3-year-old girl. Police say Carla Espinosa-Alvarez was abducted from her foster home near Commerce Street and West Lone Mountain Road Sunday evening.

"At this point in the investigation, we believe that she is endangered," said North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon. "We do know these suspects to be armed, and we do ask the public if they have information regarding the whereabouts, or if they possibly see this little girl out there, (they) have to call authorities or call 911. Don't try to contact these people on their own."

Carla's foster mother told police at about 9:30 p.m., a masked man and woman entered her home. The man held her at gunpoint while the female suspect searched the home, specifically looking for Carla. She located the child upstairs and carried her out of the house.

With any kidnapping, each minute that passes is critical. Detectives suspect, however, this abduction was not random.

Detectives want to speak with Carla's biological mother, Maria Espinosa-Alvarez, a 30-year-old Mexican national. She is believed to live in Mexico and has made threats to take Carla out of this foster home.

"In this particular case, certainly if the abductors know this little girl or have an interest in her well-being, which we're hoping is the case - then it's not as critical (as if) say she was taken anonymously by a kidnapper who just took her off the street," Coon said. "We want to make sure that we find her and that her well-being is certainly of utmost importance at this time."

Investigators are not calling the biological mother a suspect. They're also not ruling out other possibilities.

"At this point, they're exhausting all of their resources and all the possibilities that could surround how this young girl was taken," said Coon.

The suspects are described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. They were dressed in all black with brown masks or bandanas over their faces. They both spoke fluent Spanish.

Carla is described as a Hispanic female, 3 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 50 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Four of her top front teeth are silver-capped and visible when she smiles. Carla was last seen wearing a pink short sleeved pajama shirt and pink pajama pants.

Witnesses reported seeing a suspicious white luxury sedan with dark tinted windows driving in the area just before the kidnapping.

Anyone with information about this abduction is asked to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

Police say this case does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.