Woman abducted Wednesday found in Houston; ex-boyfriend in custody

UPDATED 1:30 P.M. SATURDAY

HOUSTON — An Urbana woman kidnapped from Market Place Mall in Champaign Wednesday afternoon has been found in Texas.

The man accused of taking her against her will, Eduardo Guerro Cortez, 25, has been arrested and is in jail in Houston on an arrest warrant issued by a Champaign County judge Thursday.

A release from the Champaign Police Department said police received information Friday night that Monica Ramirez, 19, and Cortez were possibly in Houston.

The FBI, Houston police and Homeland Security joined forces and Cortez was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Houston. Ramirez was receiving a medical evaluation, the release said. There were no specifics on why. 

There was no information on when Cortez might be returned to Champaign County.

Champaign Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said Ramirez was outside the J.C. Penney store with a 22-year-old male friend when three Hispanic men approached them at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday.

The woman was forced into a red 2002 Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup truck  by Cortez, a person Ramirez had previously dated, Daniels said.

The truck was also found and had stolen Missouri license plates on it.

As that was happening, a second man threatened the male who was with her with a knife. He was not physically hurt.

Three men got in the truck with Ramirez and left.

Cortez was been charged with aggravated battery for the alleged threat to Ramirez's companion. Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Ziegler said other charges would be considered after police interview Ramirez and Cortez.

Police are still looking for the second man who had the knife. He is described as Hispanic with short hair, last seen wearing a red shirt and blue shorts.

Anyone with information on him is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online to www.373tips.com or by texting: CCTIP plus the information to 274637. 

 

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use er name wrote on June 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Good thing that passers by and the couple didn't have firearms. Guns kill! We still need to work on banning red (assault) trucks though. Red trucks kidnap!

Jen R wrote on June 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Sure, adding guns into the mix would have increased the chances of Ramirez being killed, but at least she wouldn't have been kidnapped!

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm
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Not if the three other folks who commented on this article were around!!!!  They are all perfect shots and would respond perfectly, calmly and responsibly in such a situation.  Or so they have convinced themselves.....

whatithink wrote on June 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

As do trucks with Camo on them.  lookout for any of these assault vehicles        

mhartpu82 wrote on June 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Yep. Maybe the mall will be a "truck free zone" soon. I mean, there is no possible reason why someone would want to arm themselves at the mall with a firearm. Kidnappings? The shooting there a few years ago? That doesn't raise any concern at all! Time to ban trucks too!