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Brave Girl, 6, Escapes Kidnapper After Alerting Store She Was Abducted

Fri, January 31, 2014 3:01pm EDT by Kristine Kowalski 2 Comments
Girl Escapes Kidnapper
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A young Houston girl knew exactly what to do when she was allegedly snatched from her mother by a stranger: she escaped her captor and told store shoppers at Target in Texas’ Memorial City Mall that she was kidnapped, and was able to be quickly reunited with her family!

Kelly Tellez, 6, was allegedly kidnapped in the short moments her mother turned away from her while unpacking her vehicle in a Houston, Tex. parking garage on Jan. 29. The girl was driven to a nearby store, where her captor left her to use the bathroom. Due to the young girl’s bravery and quick thinking, she used the time to tell a shopper that she needed help! Joaquin Ramos, 23, was arrested and charged with Kelly’s kidnapping on Jan. 30 — while his wife was reportedly in the hospital giving birth!

Girl Escapes Kidnapper: Kelly Tellez Finds Help During Abduction

Kelly and her mom’s car pulled into the parking garage of their apartment complex at around 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 29, and her mother proceeded to unload her vehicle, according to Houston police, reported The Daily Mail.

Houston Girl, 6, Safe After Kidnapping

“The 6-year-old went to look at some ice on a fence nearby when a man later identified as Joaquin Ramos pulled up in his silver Jeep Cherokee, forced the child into the backseat against her will and took off,” reported The Daily Mail. Kelly’s mom tried running after the car, but it quickly took off and veered out of her sight.

Man Arrested For Kidnapping Child From Parking Garage

Ramos was spotted on security cameras entering a Target store at Memorial City Mall. He allegedly told Kelly to use the bathroom at the store, and while she was separated from him, she was able to tell a shopper that she had been kidnapper. The shopper told the store’s customer service, who were able to quickly call authorities.

Ramos was arrested at a local hospital, where his wife was reportedly in labor. He allegedly confessed to the kidnapping, but could not provide a motive. Kelly was taken to the hospital just as a precaution, but she was safely reunited with her family.

Tell us, HollyMoms: would your kids know how to find help if they faced a situation like this?

— Kristine Hope Kowalski

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