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Published On: Sat, Feb 1st, 2014

Texas kidnapping suspect, Joaquin Ramos, arrested at hospital while wife giving birth

In a bizarre twist of details, a Texas man kidnapped a six-year-old girl, who managed to tell a customer at Target that she had been abducted. The suspect evaded police, but was found and arrested at a local hospital where his wife was delivering their child.

Joaquin Ramos

Joaquin Ramos

Joaquin Ramos, age 23, pulled his Jeep Cherokee alongside the girl who was near her mother unloading their vehicle at their Houston apartment complex.

Police say Ramos then reportedly got out of the vehicle and approached the girl, named Kelly. When she tried to run, police say he grabbed her and put her in the back seat, ABC reports detailing the Thursday events .

Ramos then allegedly got back into the vehicle and took off.

Police say when the girl’s mother noticed what was happening, she tried to run after the Jeep. She then went to her car and tried to give chase, but lost sight of it.

About an hour later, employees at the Target at Memorial City Mall called police to say the stranger had walked the child into the store.

Police said the girl went into the restroom, where she alerted a customer that she had been kidnapped. The customer informed a store manager, who got the girl out of the restroom and called police.

The suspect left the store before authorities were able to detain him, officials said.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving and asked the community for help tracking him down.

Investigators said Ramos’ family saw the photos in the news and told them where he was. He was found later at Memorial Hermann Hospital on the Katy Freeway, where his wife had just given birth.

Ramos has confessed to the kidnapping and is being held on $5,000 bond.

Kelly is safe and home after being checked out at the local hospital.

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