Teen escaped to lead police to alleged abductors
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are offering new details in a teen hostage situation that ended in a police-involved shooting that left one of the suspects dead.
A teen who had been abducted late Wednesday night, escaped from a trailer park where he was being held hostage, the following morning. He walked a few blocks to a nearby supermarket to get help, wearing only some pajama bottoms.
Once at the supermarket, he asked a clerk to call police. A clerk who preferred to remain anonymous recalled how the teen looked. "His back had bruises like they probably hit him with a stick or belt," said the woman, "and he had like an open head that was spilling blood."
It turned out he fled while his captors were sleeping. Unsure who this man was in such a bruised and bloodied state, the clerk asked him to wait outside. "The thing is we didn't know what the hell was going on," said the clerk, "so we just told him to stay outside because he was all beat up and the blood. He had no shoes on and no shirt, so we don't know what's going on."
Police arrived a few minutes later. They rescue the teen and the kidnapping plot would soon be foiled. Police said five people were in on the scheme to abduct 17-year-old Xavier Valdes and 18-year-old Luis Mir-Borjas and demanded a $250,000 ransom.
Police caught up with 17-year-old Joe Manuel Cotte Vazquez; 18-year-old Roman Valentino Villaceres, Jr.; 19-year-old Alain D. Perea; 26-year-old Dexter Deon Marshall and 21-year-old Damaris Jaramillo at the Cocowalk Trailer Park, at 220 NE 12th Ave. not long after.
When police entered the trailer that the victim led them to, Jaramillo drew a gun. "There was a confrontation," said Miami-Dade Police Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz, "and one subject was killed on the scene."
After that one suspect was killed, the others were taken into custody. The surviving suspects all remain in jail and now face armed kidnapping and first degree felony murder charges for the suspect shot by police.
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