A nationwide manhunt is underway for three men who are accused of raping and kidnapping teenagers in Ohio.
Bowling Green Police said that one of the suspects, Simon Juan Thomas, 24, of Guatemala, was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The alleged victims were 13 and 14 years old, officials said.
But three others haven’t yet been captured, according to police Bowling Green, Ohio. Police believe that they left the Bowling Green area.
David Ramos Contreras, Arnulfo Ramos, and Juan Adiel have nationwide warrants out for their arrests for two counts of kidnapping and rape, police said.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is involved in the manhunt, according to Bowling Green police, as reported by CNN.
Contreras, of Mexico, and Aiden are not American citizens, and police said that Aidel had fake ID cards and documents. “Adiel possessed a US Permanent Resident ID card out of Fellsmere, Florida with a listed date of birth as 9/13/98; however, the card was later verified to be fraudulent,” said police.
The country of origin for Ramos was not noted, according to The Toledo Blade.
It’s not clear if Ramos, Thomas, and Contreras were in the country illegally.
The girls were staying at a hotel in the 1700 block of East Wooster Street with their mother when the incident occurred, Deputy Chief White said, reported The Toledo Blade. They were then held against their will and raped.
“You know, these are 13- and 14-year-old girls and they are your daughters so it’s very difficult and as officers we need to stay objective to investigate the case. However, a lot of us have children,” said police spokesman Justin White, WIS-TV reported.
Those with information about the case are urged to call the Bowling Green Police Division at (419) 352-1131 or Wood County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME.