Ohio kidnap suspect and girl found in White Plains

By RICHARD LIEBSON AND TIMOTHY O’CONNOR
THE JOURNAL NEWS
December 10, 2005)

WHITE PLAINS – A 25-year-old man was arrested by White Plains police and
FBI agents in the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl from a Dayton, Ohio,
suburb, which prompted an Amber Alert manhunt through three states.

The suspect, Juan Zumba of Moraine, Ohio, was arraigned yesterday on a
federal kidnapping charge in U.S. District Court in White Plains. He was
arrested Thursday night at a Central Avenue motel with the girl.

She was turned over to Child Protective Services caseworkers and will be
returned to her mother, who authorities said is Zumba’s girlfriend.

FBI officials said Zumba kidnapped the girl in Moraine on Tuesday,
prompting an Amber Alert, in which media outlets and electronic highway
signs broadcast information about an abduction. He is accused of driving
east with the girl, spending a night in West Virginia before passing
through Pennsylvania and into New York the next day.

FBI agents assigned to the Westchester County Violent Crimes Task Force
told White Plains police Thursday afternoon that Zumba had relatives in
the city.

“We got word from the FBI at about 5 p.m., started making inquiries,
searched a few local motels and found him at 9 p.m.,” White Plains
police Inspector Daniel Jackson said. “Our detectives were aggressive in
going after this guy, and the cooperation with the FBI was excellent.”

Jackson said Zumba faces local charges, but would not elaborate.

According to a federal complaint, the girl’s mother called police in
Moraine about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and reported that her daughter had not
been seen since leaving for school that morning. An Amber Alert was
issued less than two hours later, after it was determined that Zumba had
also disappeared.

The court papers note that Zumba is a construction worker “and has a
history of domestic violence related to the victim and her mother since
July.”

Zumba waived extradition at his court appearance yesterday and was
expected to be returned to Ohio.

Copyright 2005 The Journal News

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