A teenage girl who was allegedly abducted at knifepoint from a Texas church by her "obsessed" former boyfriend might be in grave danger, police said today.
Authorities said they believe Jesus Ramirez, 23, was upset with his ex-girlfriend, 14-year-old Ruby Zavala, spurring him to kidnap the teen, her mother and her sister Sunday from Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
"Based on some evidence we have uncovered, he was upset with her and we believe this was planned," Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell said.
Isbell declined to elaborate on what evidence was found, but said the couple had a "volatile" relationship. Zavala's parents recently contacted authorities, he said, who initiated an offense report for sexual assault against Ramirez.
"We believe he is still unstable," Isbell said. "He may be delusional. He's obsessed with the girl."
Ramirez left the church, driving his three hostages in Zavala's mother's truck, Isbell said. The teen's mother and sister were released Sunday afternoon.
A short time later, Isbell said, authorities located the wrecked and abandoned truck in a wooded area eight miles west of the city.
A search of the surrounding area turned up empty, he said, and the truck was towed to collect evidence.
Ruby Zavala is described as 5 feet tall and 120 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white top, jeans and tan shoes.
Jesus Ramirez is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and 165 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a baseball cap.
Isbell said authorities consider Ramirez armed and dangerous, and possibly suicidal. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department at (903) 575-4004.