Texas Teen Found Safe After Alleged Abduction by ‘Obsessed’ Man
(MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas) — A teenage girl allegedly abducted by a man police described as an “obsessed” former boyfriend was found safe Monday afternoon and the man was taken into custody, police said.
Ruby Zavala, 14, and her alleged captor, Jesus Ramirez, 23, were found in an area near Mount Pleasant, Texas, that has been the focus of a search for the last 30 hours, ABC News’ Dallas affiliate WFAA reported.
It was unclear exactly where they were found or what Ramirez might be charged with.
Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell told ABC News earlier that authorities believed Ramirez was upset with his ex-girlfriend, spurring him to kidnap the teen, her family said Sunday from Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant.
“Based on some evidence we have uncovered, he was upset with her and we believe this was planned,” Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell said.
Isbell declined to elaborate on what evidence was found, but said the couple had a “volatile” relationship. Zavala’s parents recently contacted authorities, he said. The authorities initiated an offense report for sexual assault against Ramirez.
“We believe he is still unstable,” Isbell said. “He may be delusional. He’s obsessed with the girl.”
Ramirez left the church, driving three captives in Zavala’s mother’s truck, Isbell said. The teen’s mother and sister were released Sunday afternoon.
A short time later, Isbell said, authorities located the wrecked and abandoned truck in a wooded area eight miles west of the city and began searching the area, hoping to bring Zavala home safely.
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