Two so-called witnesses in the kidnapping of 6-year-old Cole Puffinburger are being held by U.S. Marshals today. Cole’s maternal grandfather, 51-year-old Clemons Tinnemeyer and his alleged companion, 42-year-old Terri Leavy, went before a federal magistrate in Riverside yesterday and then were turned over to the Marshals.
Both were apprehended on fugitive arrest warrants. Tinnemeyer was arrested in Riverside last Friday night. Leavy was picked up in Fontana on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, new details are coming out on how young Cole was found on a street a few blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, last Saturday night. A bus driver spotted Cole and offered him a ride. Once the child was on the bus, authorities were called. A short time later, Cole was turned over to police detectives.
Las Vegas police have made it clear the investigation is not over. They are now focusing on the drug-related aspects of the case and searching for the alleged kidnappers. They still want to talk to Jesus Gastelum, considered a person of interest in the case.
Cole was snatched from his Las Vegas home by armed men last Wednesday. Authorities believe the grandfather may have ripped off millions from a Mexican drug cartel and the kidnapping of the child was done to send him a message.