AMBER Alert Issued for Kidnapped Teen Pearl Pinson—Suspect Fernando Castro ‘Armed and Dangerous’

By Andrew Simontacchi, Epoch Times
May 26, 2016 5:08 pm Last Updated: May 27, 2016 11:01 am

UPDATE: Fernando Castro has been shot and killed following a shootout with police. Pearl Pinson still considered missing. Full article here.

An AMBER Alert has just been issued for the missing 15-year-old Pearl Pinson of Vallejo, Calif., by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), at the request of the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

Pinson hasn’t been heard from since around 7 a.m. on May 25 and is believed to be with 19-year-old Fernando Castro, also of Vallejo. The CHP considers Castro to be a suspect and warns he may be armed and dangerous. 

A witness, according to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, reported seeing a white female, believed to be Pinson, being dragged by Castro over a pedestrian over-crossing in Vallejo.

The female’s face was reportedly bleeding as she was yelling for help. Castro reportedly had a firearm in his hand, and as the witness ran for help, a gun shot was heard.

Deputies responding to the pedestrian bridge found apparent blood markings, but no Castro or Pinson. A cell phone was reportedly also found at the scene.

The sheriff’s office said it are currently unable to confirm if Pinson was shot or the extent of any injuries.

Pinson was last seen wearing a grey sweater, black leggings, with a black and turquoise backpack; she has green eyes and currently has green hair. She never arrived at her school, Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo, on Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. She is 5 foot 3 inches tall and weights 130 pounds.

Castro was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and possibly wearing reading glasses; he is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 148 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.. The CHP issued a vehicle watch out for upon issuing the AMBER Alert: a 1997 gold, 4-door Saturn, with the California plate of 5XZD385.


A car similar to the one Fernando Castro is believed to be driving. A 1997 gold, 4-door Saturn. His car has the license plate 5XZD385. (California Highway Patrol photo)
A car similar to the one Fernando Castro is believed to be driving. A 1997 gold, 4-door Saturn. His car has the license plate 5XZD385. (California Highway Patrol photo)

Users with information can post onto the Solano County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page post here, or are encouraged to call Detective Mattson at 707-784-7061. Callers may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-STOP (7867).