Tip leads Church Hill police to Florida kidnapping suspect

Jeff Bobo • Feb 5, 2007 at 11:27 AM

CHURCH HILL - An anonymous tipster led Hawkins County authorities Thursday evening to a Church Hill residence where they found a Florida man and the 13-year-old girl he is accused of kidnapping.

Adolpho Ramirez Moreno, 25, of Monticello, Fla., was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including statutory rape and fugitive from justice.

According to reports, Moreno and the 13-year-old girl left Florida together on Jan. 26.

On Jan. 30, the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department received a message from the Jefferson County (Fla.) Sheriff's Department to be on the lookout for Moreno and the child in either Surgoinsville or Church Hill.

Last Thursday, the Church Hill Police Department received an anonymous tip that Moreno was staying in the city on Fairview Avenue at the Sunny Hill Mobile Home Park, lot No. 9.

Officers from the HCSD and CHPD arrived at the residence around 7 p.m. Thursday, where two other male Hispanics residing there told police they did not know Moreno or the child. The men reportedly invited the officers to search the home.

Officers then found Moreno hiding behind a bathroom door, while the child was hiding behind a shower curtain.

"I spoke with the female, who stated she was in love with (Moreno) and had left with him on Friday night (Jan. 26) from her residence in Florida in his white Pontiac Grand Prix due to pending statutory rape charges involving her and (Moreno)," said CHPD Detective Dustin Dean. "The juvenile further admitted she had sexual intercourse with (Moreno) while at the trailer on Feb. 1, and further stated this was not the first sexual contact between the two, which started when she was 12 years old."

Dean added that a medical examination confirmed that the child had recent sexual contact.

The child was returned to her parents on Friday.

Moreno remains lodged in the Hawkins County Jail, where he is being held without bond pending extradition back to Florida to face charges including kidnapping.

The two men Moreno and the girl were staying with in the mobile home, Eusebio Trejo Munoz, 24, and Moreno Arnulfo Cruz, 45, were each charged with accessory after the fact. They will be arraigned Feb. 14.

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