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Deputies investigate reported kidnapping


Deputies investigate reported kidnapping
Members of the La Vernia Emergency Medical Services join law-enforcement personnel on U.S. 87 in La Vernia Jan. 21, as part of an investigation into a reported kidnapping that occurred shortly before in Pandora. NANNETTE KILBEY-SMITH


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PANDORA -- Rosa Cruz, 45, of Tyler is charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony and injury to a child, after witnesses report that she abducted her daughter and her two grandchildren from a travel trailer here Jan. 21.

Investigator Stephen Moore of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said a witness called 911 just before 5 p.m. to report that a 21-year-old woman and her two young children had been forcibly placed in a truck after Cruz -- identified as the victim’s mother -- forced her way into a window of the camper. Cruz and her daughter then began fighting before the victim’s grandparents and ex-boyfriend allegedly helped to place them in the vehicle.

A neighbor and her 13-year-old daughter both witnessed the incident and tried to intervene, Moore said. The girl attempted to use the camera on her iPhone to photograph the truck’s license plate. Cruz then pushed the girl, Moore said, before the family fled north on U.S. 87 toward La Vernia.

Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety intercepted the fleeing vehicle in La Vernia and detained Cruz and the victim’s grandparents and ex-boyfriend. Moore said the others later were released when Cruz was charged. Jail records indicate that Wilson County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Richard “Dickie” Jackson set her total bond at $50,000, which she posted before her Jan. 22 release.

Cruz faces up to life in prison, if convicted.
 

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