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Vancouver man arraigned in killing of 2-year-old daughter

He's held in Multnomah County Jail; judge sets $505,000 bail

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A Vancouver father who is accused of kidnapping and killing his 2-year-old daughter was arraigned on the district attorney’s information Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon.

Gustavo Enrique Villalobos Carranza, 31, is being held at the Multnomah County Jail on $505,000 bail on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping, both class A felonies, and unlawful use of a weapon, a class C felony.

Online court records show a secret indictment was filed Wednesday, but it was not presented at the hearing. Villalobos Carranza is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Nov. 12.

Court records identify his daughter as Brianna Villalobos Rodriguez. A GoFundMe has been created for her mother to help with funeral expenses and care for another child. It had raised $7,780 as of Wednesday afternoon. To donate, visit https://bit.ly/3bChLkn.

Also on Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it filed an immigration detainer Tuesday for Villalobos Carranza with the county jail, explaining that a detainer is filed when there’s probable cause that a noncitizen may be deportable, KGW-TV reported.

Vancouver police arrested Villalobos Carranza early Sunday morning after he agreed to turn himself in. He appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on the Multnomah County arrest warrant and was subsequently extradited.

Vancouver police had responded around 12:50 a.m. Sunday to a report of threats. The child’s mother said that the father, identified by authorities as Villalobos Carranza, picked up the toddler Saturday evening and later called her making threats to harm the child, according to a Sunday bulletin from the police department.

The department issued an alert around 2:30 a.m. requesting help in locating a vehicle involved in the alleged kidnapping — described as a silver 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander with Washington license plates. Police warned people not to approach the vehicle if it was spotted.

Police later canceled the alert when they were able to contact Villalobos Carranza. He was taken into custody around 4:15 a.m. near Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and 57th Avenue in central Vancouver. His daughter was found dead.

Investigators initially believed she was killed in Gresham, Ore., but the Portland Police Bureau said Monday that investigators have since determined the homicide occurred in Portland.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detectives Jeff Sharp at jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov or Mike Jones at michael.jones@portlandoregon.gov.

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