- Christopher Maffei, 43, is accused of abducting his two children Brooklynn, three, and Devin, two, from their mother’s home in San Francisco
- Police allege he stole a yacht and may be heading to Mexico or Thailand
Police are looking for Christopher Maffei (43) – Pictured
UPDATE 09/08/12 – Two children were rescued Friday from a sailboat that was stolen by their father, who is accused of abducting them from their mother’s home on the Peninsula, authorities said.
The Coast Guard, FBI and South San Francisco police had been tracking the 40-foot sailboat Unleashed, which was sailed from a harbor in Alameda on Tuesday. Police said earlier that day, Christopher Maffei had removed his 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son from their mother’s home while she was out.
The children’s rescue came hours after the guard spent most of Friday following the boat as it slowly sailed down the rugged central California coastline. Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz said a guard airplane followed the boat south to Monterey Bay, where the rescue occurred.
Maffei’s daughter Brooklynn and son Devin were being examined by medical personnel and would be reunited with their mother, McKenzie said.
Maffei is the former boyfriend of the children’s mother, Jennifer Hipon. She told reporters that she was at a courthouse filing custody documents on Tuesday when Maffei went to her house and took the children from her elderly mother.
South San Francisco police say that after running off with the children, Maffei drove to the harbor in Alameda and left on the 40-foot sailboat. He sailed the boat out the Golden Gate, and headed down the coast, police said.
McKenzie said the stolen boat was recovered and would be returned to its owner.