Group claims they were taking girl to her boyfriend
Sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged three men and one juvenile in connection with a kidnapping Monday, Nov. 28. The incident happened just before 8 a.m., in the 7100 block of Windsong Way. Neighbors saw a 16-year-old girl being forced into a green Dodge Dakota pick-up by three men, after one of them pulled out a gun. Shortly after, Deputy Tyler Clawson located the truck on McIntyre Road, near the intersection with Olive Branch Road and followed it.
The driver pulled over minutes later and the three men inside took off running into the woods, leaving an empty vehicle behind. Deputies brought out a tracking dog and located one of the suspects, a 15-year-old, as he tried to cross a field. The other two, 16-year-old Gilberto Ventura Juarez and 17-year-old Avel Nava Chavez, both of Monroe, were caught at the intersection of New Salem and Austin-Chaney roads. Deputies later picked up the gun used in the yard of a nearby home.
Chavez and Jaurez face conspiracy and second-degree kidnapping charges, while Chavez faces an additional assault by pointing a gun charge. The juvenile faces second degree kidnapping charges. All three told deputies they left the victim with a 19-year-old man, who claimed to be her boyfriend. Investigators eventually got in contact with the fourth man, identified as Jesus Alberto Carmen, who met officers at a convenience store in Burnsville and returned the girl. Carmen faces felony conspiracy and second degree kidnapping charges as well. All three men are in the Union County jail, with a court date set for Jan. 17, 2012.
“(This was) a series of decisions that these young men will regret for the rest of their life,” Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said in a press release. “Not only did they terrorize an innocent victim and her family, they committed felonious crimes that will impact them far beyond any punishment set out by the courts.”
Officials believe Carmen arranged the kidnapping, as he and the victim had previously dated. Before the incident, the victim’s father had reportedly warned Carmen to stay away from