Ex-con, 37, is arrested after he ‘kidnapped his 18-year-old girlfriend and her parents at gunpoint in Florida, and forced them to withdraw money before fleeing with the teenager’ who was found safe 24 hours later in Virginia
- Jaddier T. Sanchez, 37, allegedly kidnapped Nicole Martinez, 18, and her parents at gunpoint from outside their home just after midnight Sunday
- Sanchez allegedly drove them to local banks so that they could withdraw cash
- Police said he left the parents on the side of a road and drove off with Martinez
- Sanchez and Martinez were found about 24 hours later by police in Virginia
A man and the missing teen he kidnapped at gunpoint from her Florida home early Sunday have been found in Virginia Monday.
Police said ex-con Jaddier T. Sanchez, 37, of West Palm Beach, kidnapped Nicole Martinez, 18, and her parents from outside their home in Pembroke Pines, Florida, just after midnight on Sunday.
After forcing them inside their red Dodge Ram pickup truck, police said Sanchez drove the family to multiple bank in the area so that they could withdraw cash.
Police said Nicole Martinez, 18 (pictured), and her parents were kidnapped from outside their home at gunpoint by Jaddier T. Sanchez, 37, just after midnight on Sunday
About five hours later, at 5.30am, Martinez’s mother and father were found on the side of a road near Lake Okeechobee, in Belle Glade, Florida, about 63miles away from where they were allegedly taken, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Police said that Martinez wasn’t allowed out of the car and was being kept against her will after her parents were released.
Jaddier T. Sanchez, 37, had been released from prison in May 2020 after serving out 15 years for armed robbery with a deadly weapon
Sanchez was described as being 185lbs and 5-foot 11-inches tall with a prominent neck tattoo reading ‘ATM.’ Martinez, meanwhile, is 5 foot 3-inch and 120lbs.
It’s unclear whether Martinez’s parents suffered any injuries during the incident.
Nearly 24 hours after Sanchez took Martinez at gunpoint in Florida, the two were tracked down in Virginia.
The Virginia State Police notified the Pembroke Pines Police Department that they had found them in Alexandria, Virginia, at about 12.40am Monday – more than 1,000miles away from her home.
Sanchez was safely taken into custody, while Martinez – who had unspecified minor injuries – was taken to the hospital, WPBF reported.
Pembroke Pines Police said they believed that Martinez and Sanchez ‘shared a romantic relationship,’ but did not elaborate about the relationship or how they’d met, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Martinez and her parents were allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint from outside their home in this Pembroke Pines neighborhood early Sunday
Sanchez had been released from Palm Beach County Jail in May 2020, after serving out a 15-year sentence for armed robbery with a deadly weapon, according to Florida Department of Corrections records obtained by the newspaper.
Prior to that incarceration, between 2003 and 2004, Sanchez had served about nine months for a charge of burglary of an occupied structure and aggravated stalking with a credible threat, the Miami Herald reported.
At some point between his prison stints, Sanchez was convicted of domestic battery and violating a domestic violence restraining order. It’s unclear who his victim had been in that case.
Its unclear what charges Sanchez will face, stemming from this latest kidnapping and robbery incident.