A Howard County grand jury handed down nearly 30 indictments Thursday, including true-bills for four Big Spring residents charged with the April kidnapping of a 15-year-old boy from his home in the 1500 block of Wood Street.
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.
Ramirez was indicted for kidnapping (third-degree felony) and burglary of a habitation with commission of an assault (third-degree felony); Marmolejo was indicted on charges of burglary of a habitation with commission of an assault (two counts, both first-degree felonies) and kidnapping (third-degree felony); Diaz was indicted on charges of kidnapping (third-degree felony) and burglary of a habitation with commission of an assault (first-degree felony); and Mojica was indicted for kidnapping (third-degree felony) and burglary of a habitation with commission of an assault (first-degree felony).
All four suspects are currently in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the incident was reported during the early morning hours April 18, 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 officials, the four suspects then took the 15-year-old victim from the residence. While police officers were at the home taking statements from witnesses, however, the boy returned to the home.
“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.”
After getting a description of the vehicle, law enforcement officers responded to 1207 Sycamore — the known residence of one of the alleged kidnappers who had been identified — where the four suspects were arrested moments later. No weapon was found during the arrests and subsequent searches, according to police reports.
If found guilty, the suspects face five years to 99 years to life in prison for each of the first-degree felonies and two years to 10 years on each of the third-degree felonies.