The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

December 30, 2013

Motel guest alleges she was kidnapped

JOPLIN, Mo. — A New York man was charged with kidnapping after a woman hailed a police officer in Joplin’s motel district Saturday night and reported being held against her will on a cross-country drive.

Lt. Matt Stewart, with the Joplin Police Department, said a 41-year-old woman from Tonawanda, N.Y., caught the attention of a patrol officer at 11:43 p.m. outside the Quality Inn, 3325 S. Arizona Ave.

Stewart said the woman told the officer that she had been kidnapped by a man on whom she held a protection order in New York, and that he had forced her to fly to Los Angeles with him to pick up a vehicle on Christmas Eve. She told the officer that they were taking the vehicle back to New York and had stopped in Joplin for the night.

The woman told police that she slipped out of their motel room at the La Quinta Inn, 3320 S. Range Line Road, to seek help after the man fell asleep.

Stewart said the officer checked out her account and confirmed that she held a protection order against Guillermo E. Ramirez-Peyro, 42, of Buffalo, N.Y. Ramirez-Peyro was contacted at La Quinta Inn, and was taken into custody on suspicion of violating the court order and kidnapping.

The Newton County prosecutor then filed a charge of kidnapping against Ramirez-Peyro, who remained in custody Monday afternoon at the county jail in Neosho on a $250,000 bond.

The woman, who did not require medical attention, has known Ramirez-Peyro since October, according to Stewart. She told police that he has assaulted her in the past, and threatened to kill her and her family.

Stewart said the couple’s vehicle was towed from the motel. He said he did not know if detectives were seeking a search warrant for the vehicle as part of their investigation. Stewart also was uncertain if arrangements had been made for a return of the woman to her home.

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