Update 3:35 p.m. – The Amber Alert for Ruby Zavala has been canceled. Police confirm she was found alive and well in a field. There is no word on Jesus Ramirez, the suspect believed to have taken Zavala by knifepoint.
MT. PLEASANT (CBSDFW.COM) –The Texas Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert Sunday evening for a missing 14-year-old girl.
Mount Pleasant police said a woman and two children were kidnapped at knifepoint around 1 p.m. Sunday at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in that East Texas city about 100 miles east of Dallas.
The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Jesus Ramirez, freed woman and one of the children a short time later, but fled with Ruby Zavala.
The car being driven by Zavala was found wrecked at 4:45 p.m. Sunday about eight miles west of Mount Pleasant. A search was under way near that location for Ruby and Ramirez.
Ruby Zavala was last seen wearing a white top, blue jeans and tan shoes. She is 5 feet tall, 120 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.
Jesus Ramirez is described as Hispanic, 5′-9″, 165 lbs. with brown eyes and black hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap.
Mount Pleasant police said Ramirez is considered to be armed and dangerous and mentally ill.
Anyone with information about Zavala’s whereabouts may call 903.575.4004.
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