Police say a man who traveled from Texas to Fort Lauderdale to abduct three young children and their mother was apprehended in Central Florida where his victims were also recovered.
According to information released early Thursday by Fort Lauderdale police, authorities were notified shortly before 9 p.m. on Wednesday about a possible abduction from a residence in the 100 block of Northwest 69th Street.
Neighbors told investigators that Santos Deysi Ortiz-Gomes, 20, and her three children had been forced into a car and driven away by a man later identified as Luis Medardo Ramos.
According to police, Ramos, 26, is the father of two of the children with Ortiz-Gomes. Police said he traveled from Texas to Fort Lauderdale, where he tied the woman's hands before placing her, their two children and the other child into his car.
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Using witness descriptions of the 2011 silver Chevrolet that Ramos was driving, Fort Lauderdale police and the Broward Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert and a statewide law enforcement bulletin describing the car and its occupants.
The Florida Highway Patrol located and stopped the vehicle in Volusia County where Ramos was arrested and Ortiz-Gomes and her three children were recovered without incident, police said. The woman and her children were thought to be unharmed.
Ramos was charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and false imprisonment and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to booking information at the Volusia County Division of Corrections.
Investigators say the motive behind Ramos' actions is still being investigated and Fort Lauderdale police urge anyone with information to contact the lead detective on the case at 954-828-5970.