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Man Sought for Kidnapping and Stealing Yacht Grew Up in Belmont

Christopher Maffei reportedly grew up in Belmont and attended CSM, where he met the mother of his two children; he is suspected of kidnapping the children and making off with a yacht.

According sfgate.com, police and the Coast Guard are closing in on the father who abducted his two children and then fled aboard a yacht he stole from a marina in Alameda. The article says the man, Christopher Maffei, 43, grew up in Belmont and attended College of San Mateo. 

Friday afternoon a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane is watching the boat from overhead, and police and Coast Guard boats are en route to intercept the vessel, a Coast Guard official said.

Maffei abducted his two children from his ex-girlfriend’s home in the 100 block of James Court in South San Francisco on Tuesday at about 3 p.m.

Police say Maffei then drove to Ballena Isle Marina in Alameda where he stole a 40-foot yacht and sailed away with the two children. On Friday, the stolen boat with Maffei and the two children was located off the coast of Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay. A coast guard vessel was to escort the yacht to the Santa Cruz Harbor Friday afternoon.

A commercial fisherman spotted the boat matching the description of the stolen yacht at about 4:00 a.m. Friday and alerted authorities. The fisherman reported there did not seem to be any distress with the boat.

Patch will update this story as details become available.

Phillip Bailey September 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Patch wrote: Christopher Maffei reportedly grew up in Belmont and attended CSM. Hmmm, So did he attend Carlmont or Serra HS? Tough news should include more details than just the above sentence ... no?
Joan S. Dentler September 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Thanks for your comment Phillip...more detailed information on Mr. Maffei's background was unavailable at the time this story was posted. As Patch obtains more information, we will update the story.

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