Will Racke, DCNF
An illegal immigrant suspected of kidnapping and raping two teenage sisters in Ohio has been captured in Texas following a nationwide manhunt, according to police.
David Ramos Contreras, 28, was arrested Thursday by deputy U.S. marshals and police officers in Lubbock, Texas, where he was found inside a home hiding under a bed.
Along with three other suspects, Contreras is accused of sexually assaulting and holding 13- and 14-year-old sisters against their will at a Days Inn in Bowling Green, Ohio, where the girls were staying with their mother. Two of the suspects, Juan Garcia Rios Adiel and Arnulfo Ramos, remain on the loose, and a fourth, Simon Juan, is in custody in Ohio.
Contreras had been on the run since June 28, when the girls’ mother reported the incident to police. Tips received over the last two days allowed investigators to track him from Bowling Green to Lubbock, investigators said.
“Information was developed placing Contreras in Lubbock, Texas after investigators for the U.S. Marshals Service and Bowling Green Police followed leads and tips developed over the last two days,” Lubbock police said in a statement Thursday, according the the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Authorities believe that all four suspects are in the U.S. illegally. A search of the Days Inn room where they were staying turned up fake identification documents, including a bogus U.S. permanent resident card issued out of Florida.
Contreras is a Mexican national who was deported from the U.S. in October 2017, according to police. He will be extradited back to Ohio to face charges, FOX 8 Cleveland reported.
The whereabouts of the two at-large suspects — Juan Garcia Rios Adiel and Arnulfo Ramos — are still unknown. The U.S Marshals Service’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and Bowling Green Police are seeking assistance from the public in locating the men.
Before moving to Ohio, Ramos previously lived in Texas and Adiel lived in Florida.