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Jan 21, 2012 1:38 AM by Stefanie Boe

Home safe after kidnapping

The huge banner outside the Cordova home in Pueblo says it all---Welcome Home! Calysta Cordova and her family came back to Pueblo Friday evening, after a 24 hour nightmare.

The 9 year old did not come home from school at Columbian Elementary Thursday afternoon. After an extensive search late into the evening, an Amber Alert was issued.

Police say she ended up at a Colorado Springs Circle K store with her kidnapper and managed to ask to use the phone. She called 911 and witnesses say police arrived within in seconds.

One witness told us she had black eyes and a large bruise on her cheek. He says she told him she would not go with the suspect and was going to wait for her mother. The suspect took off once he realized she called 911.

Police later caught up with him at the downtown bus terminal. Jose Garcia was set to be booked into the Pueblo County Jail Friday night.

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