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DEVELOPING: Woman Abducted at Market Place Mall

Updated: Friday, June 13 2014, 05:02 PM CDT

UPDATED 6/13/14 CHAMPAIGN -- 19-year old Monica Ramirez is still missing after being abducted at knife point Wednesday afternoon. But NewsChannel 15 has uncovered reports that this is the second time the woman has been abducted.

Almost three years ago, in September of 2011, an Amber Alert was issued for a Monica Ramirez and her daughter Jalen. ABC NewsChannel 15 has determined --based on age, location, and other information-- that this is the same missing woman police are currently seeking. An Indiana man was arrested in that case.

Now police continue to search for the main suspect in yesterday's abduction, Eduardo Guerro Cortez. He's 25 years old and lived in Rantoul at one time. Among his defining characteristics: he's missing the middle three fingers on his right hand. At this time police cannot confirm that he is the father of Monica Ramirez's child.

Deputy Chief of Champaign Police Troy Daniels says, "At this time we are acting as though she could be in danger. They could still be in our area or they could be many miles away at this time. If anyone sees this truck or the suspect or the victim, please contact 911 right away."

Guerro Cortez and two other men approached Ramirez and a friend outside Market Place Mall a little after 4pm Wednesday. One man threatened the friend with a 12 inch knife as the other two pulled Ramirez into a red 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The men then left with Ramirez.

At this time police say they believe Monica Ramirez could be in danger. But they add that her child is not involved. Police do not have a lot of information on the two other suspects at this time. Several other local police departments are assisting in the investigation, as is the FBI.


DEVELOPING NEWS  -  The Champaign Police Department a woman was abducted around 4pm Wednesday afternoon:

SUSPECT VEHICLE: Red 2002 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab Pickup Truck, with Illinois license 92502H. It has a silver tool box in the box and aluminum wheels.

SUSPECT #1: Eduardo Guerrero:
* Age 25, Hispanic male, 5'4/150, last known address: Texas, Houston area.
* Last seen wearing red white brown horizontal striped t-shirt, long blue shorts, red hat.
* "Monica" tattoo on left side of neck, "Jaylen" tattoo outside of left forearm.
* Missing three middle fingers on right hand
* Piercing on right eyebrow
* Eduardo is believed to be living in Texas but did live in Rantoul, IL several years ago

SUSPECT #2:
* Hispanic male
* Red shirt, blue shorts, short hair
* Armed with 12" black knife

DEVELOPING: Woman Abducted at Market Place Mall


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