Man who abducted clinic worker held without bond
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- The suspect arrested following the armed abduction of a health clinic worker is being held without bond.
The woman who was abducted at gunpoint from her job in Deerfield Beach Monday is now back with her loved ones.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Vinson Jerome Rattray, Jr. is sitting at the Broward County Jail as he awaits a bond court appearance. It is something he has some familiarity with, as he has served time in a Florida state prison for cocaine dealing, but he now faces even more serious charges, including armed kidnapping.
Police arrested Rattray Monday night after, they said, he took an employee at gunpoint from the clinic where he was once a patient. Broward Sheriff's Office spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright said employees stated Rattray had been stalking the victim. "One of the statements that our investigators took said that he had threatened to kill her," Coleman-Wright said.
Rattray showed up to the Amadeo Trinchitella Deerfield Beach High School Health Center, located at 910 SW 15th St., at around 1 p.m. Monday where he took the victim at gunpoint. Seven hours after the abduction, at around 8:30 p.m., Coral Springs SWAT members, along with the Coral Springs Police Department, successfully negotiated Rattray's surrender. He was found hiding inside a Coral Springs apartment with the victim and another person. The third person apparently lives in the apartment, according to police. Police are not sure what his relation is to Rattray.
All three were taken to the Coral Springs Police Department. Police said they recovered a weapon from a canal near the apartment.
Officials said Rattray met the victim a few months ago at the clinic where she worked. He became infatuated with her, co-workers told police, and began to stalk her.
Police said the victim was not injured, but she was taken to a nearby hospital for a full evaluation. "She's doing fine," said Coleman-Wright, "obviously very scared after the ordeal that she has gone through."
Rattray appeared in bond later in the day Tuesday, but charges of armed robbery is an nonbondable offense, so he is being held without bond.
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