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Texas girl, 14, abducted at knifepoint, search for 22-yr.-old suspect and teen, police say

Ruby Zavala, left, and kidnapping suspect Jesus Ramirez.
CBS DFW
(CBS) MT. PLEASANT, Texas - An Amber Alert has been issued for Ruby Zavala, a 14-year-old girl who police say was abducted outside an East Texas church at knifepoint Sunday, CBS DFW reports.

Authorities say the teen was among two children and a woman kidnapped around 1 p.m. Sunday at Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant, about 100 miles east of Dallas.

According to CBS DFW, the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Jesus Ramirez, freed the woman and one of the children a short time later, but remains at large with 14-year-old Ruby.

The car Ramirez fled in was reportedly found wrecked later Sunday, about eight miles east of Mount Pleasant. A search was under way near that location for Ruby and Ramirez, according to the station.

Ruby was last seen wearing a white top, blue jeans and tan shoes. She is described as being 5 feet tall, 120 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.

Jesus Ramirez is described as Hispanic, 5'9", 165 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair. He was reportedly wearing a black baseball cap.

Mount Pleasant police said Ramirez is considered to be armed, dangerous and mentally ill.

Anyone with information about Zavala's whereabouts is asked to call 903-575-4004.

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