Four Big Spring residents remain in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center following their arrest on charges of burglary and kidnapping Thursday morning, according to law enforcement officials.
An investigation into the incident continues.
All four were arrested on charges of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony and kidnapping. Arrested were Ricardo Ramirez, 24, of 4004 Connally; Sophia Conception Marmolejo, 29, of 2521 Chanute; Juan Eduardo Diaz, 23, address not provided; and Abilene Renee Mojica, 30, of 1207 Sycamore.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the incident was reported during the early morning hours Thursday after the four suspects allegedly forced their way into a home in the 1500 block of Wood Street.
“Officers responded to 1519 Wood St. at approximately 3:45 a.m. in reference to a kidnapping,” Everett said. “Upon arrival, the resident advised officers several subjects had just entered his residence without consent by kicking open the door and kidnapped his 15-year-old son. One of the suspects displayed a handgun during the offense. Several family members were in the house at the time.”
According to police reports, the resident had been awakened by the sounds of the four suspects forcing their way into the home. Upon entering the living room, he told officers he witnessed the suspects beating the 15-year-old victim.
“Another subject pointed a gun at the man's face and ordered him and his wife out of the room,” Everett said. “The suspects then took the 15-year-old from the residence and the victim called police.
“While officers were still at the scene, the 15-year-old victim walked up to the home and advised officers he had escaped the kidnappers when they stopped at a 7-Eleven convenience store at the intersection of 11th Place and Settles and had walked home.”
Everett said the youth told officers at the scene the suspects were in a gray Honda passenger car. Officers then responded to 1207 Sycamore — the known residence of one of the alleged kidnappers who had been identified.
“As officers arrived (at 1207 Sycamore), so did the suspect vehicle,” Everett said. “Four suspects were detained. As officers continued the investigation, they learned the 15-year-old victim was being accused of stealing property from the suspects' residence at 1207 Sycamore and this may have been the motive for the Kidnapping. This is still under investigation.
“The four suspects were arrested and each charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony and kidnapping. No weapon was found and no serious injuries to anyone were reported.”
According to officials with the county detention center, the four suspects had not been arraigned at the time of this report.