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Pueblo woman unknowingly helps Amber Alert victims

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RTD footage of Samantha Adams, Zahid and Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez. RTD footage of Samantha Adams, Zahid and Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez.
Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez
Samantha Adams and Zahid Adams were found safe in Denver Friday Samantha Adams and Zahid Adams were found safe in Denver Friday
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A Pueblo woman met a man, woman and infant walking along the side of the road on Thursday. She stopped and asked if they needed a ride somewhere, without realizing they were referenced in a state-wide Amber Alert earlier that day.

Samantha Adams and her one year old son Zahid Adams were kidnapped at gunpoint by Adams' ex-boyfriend Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez early Thursday morning and taken south from Commerce City along I-25 to Pueblo, according to the the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after the Amber Alert was issued, Venzor-Gonzalez abandon the car he took them in and sometime after that Carol Archuleta noticed the group walking down the road in Pueblo.

"They looked tired and hot," she told 9NEWS "They didn't have a stroller or anything so I thought I would give them a ride."

Archuleta said she felt compelled to help them because of the baby. Venzor-Gonzalez introduced them under different names, calling himself Vince, his ex Christine and the baby Josaya.

Archuleta let the trio stay the night at her home introduced them to a friend of hers and offered to drive them back to Denver on Friday after breakfast.

She reportedly was taking the group as far as Castle Rock when she was pulled over for speeding. The officer didn't recognize the trio from the Amber Alert and Archuleta was not ticketed. After that, Venzor-Gonzalez asked her to take them to Denver instead, saying he needed to get to a friend who owed them money.

Archuleta's friend saw a news report on Friday and recognized the group as the ones in the Amber Alert. He called police who were able to reach Archuleta after she had dropped the group off.

They were found by an RTD security officer at a light rail station in Denver, Venzor-Gonzalez ran away from Adams and the baby as officers approached and is still at large. Law enforcement officials say he is still considered armed and dangerous.    

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