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Man found in Bakersfield after allegedly kidnapping own son appears in LA court

Preliminary hearing for Jeffrey Gomes
Posted: 5:44 PM, Nov 20, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-21 01:44:11Z
Alleged kidnapper appears in LA court
Alleged kidnapper appears in LA court

The man arrested near Taft Highway after disappearing with a two-month-old boy earlier this month was expected in front of a Los Angeles judge Monday afternoon.

Jeffrey Gomes had a preliminary hearing on Nov. 20 for charges related to allegedly kidnapping his son, Jefferson Gomes, on Nov. 4. 

Investigators said the family was heading north on Interstate 5 near Highway 138 when they stopped because of an argument between the parents. Gomes, 42, then grabbed his son and took off in a truck.

Gomes was arrested on South Enos Lane near Taft Highway. His son, Jefferson, was unharmed.

Gomes entered a not guilty plea on Nov. 7.  He is being held at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles with a bail set at $150,000.