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Trio Arrested in Florida After Kidnapping Victim Texts 911 From Backseat of Suspects' Car: Sheriff

Trio Accused of Kidnapping Victim Who Texts 911 From Backseat of Car
Source: Osceola County Jail

Christina Jones, Curtis Jones and Jorge Alvarez accused of kidnapping a man in Florida, who was able to text 911 from the back seat of a car, allowing police to rescue him, authorities said.

Dec. 8 2023, Published 10:06 a.m. ET

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A man in Florida who was allegedly kidnapped was able to text 911 from the backseat of his captors' car, helping police to find and rescue him, according to authorities.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a text from the victim, who has not been identified, stating he was being held against his will, WESH reported.

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The victim reportedly told police he was in a blue Kia headed to a bank in Kissimmee. He gave police his location and deputies were able to locate the vehicle and performed a traffic stop, which resulted in the arrest of three people, authorities said.

According to Sheriff Marco Lopez, 37-year-old Christina Jones asked the victim for help paying for a hotel on Nov. 28, WESH reported.

Jones allegedly told the victim she had been sleeping in her car and wanted to take a shower, so the victim offered to put her up for one night.

While at the hotel, Jones allegedly stole money out of the victim’s wallet before her brother, Curtis Jones, and another man, identified as Jorge Alfonso Alvarez, allegedly got the victim into the back of a car, Sheriff Lopez said.

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The alleged plan was to drive the victim to the bank to withdraw $900 and, if he resisted, the suspects allegedly “threatened to hurt him and slice him up with a knife” if he didn’t listen to them, an arrest report stated.

While on the way to the bank and in the backseat of the car, the victim sent a text to a 911 operator, writing he was being forced to withdraw money against his will, authorities said.

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“He maintained calm," Sheriff Lopez told WESH. "We saturated the area with deputies, found the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop and started our investigation.”

The trio were arrested and charged with robbery, false imprisonment, kidnapping and aggravated assault, officials said.

All three were booked into the Osceola County Jail and were being held without bond.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are looking into the possibility one other person may have been involved in the incident, authorities said.

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