Florida Family of 3 Blindfolded, Held Captive for 3 Days

November 20th, 2009 by

www.foxnews.com – A family of three was bound, blindfolded and held hostage for three days by armed intruders wanting money before the mother was able to jump from a second story window and escape.

Three men have been arrested, and authorities are seeking a fourth suspect, a woman.

Police said four people knocked on the family’s door in Winter Garden, Fla., Sunday morning, burst into the home and used duct tape to tie up Rubens Morais, Marcela Borges and their 5-year-old son Ryan.

The intruders then allegedly blindfolded all three, taking them in their own SUV to a house in Apopka, Fla., where they held them captive overnight.

The gunmen apparently had been tracking the family, and one forced 27-year-old Borges to take out nearly $24,000 from her bank account the next day, police said.

“It appears to us that it is not a random act,” Winter Garden Lt. Keith Ralston said.

The home invaders targeted the family and knew a lot about them, according to police, but investigators did not say how the information was acquired. Morais, 48, is the president of RLM Trucks Carrier.

The day after the alleged abduction, the trio were brought back to their home and Borges was forced to drive one of the suspects to a bank — where she was ordered to withdraw $23,600 from the family’s account, according to MyFoxOrlando.com.

On Tuesday, Borges removed her blindfold and pulled down the mask of the female suspect.

“She saw my face and knows who I am. You have to kill her!” the woman screamed, according to a police report.

Borges was able to break free and leap through a second-story window about 1 p.m. that day, but was shot in the process.

As she ran toward her next-door neighbor’s house, one of the intruders shot her in the left side of the back. The bullet passed through her and then struck her left wrist, shattering it.

Morais was struck on the head with a blunt object, but he was not seriously hurt.

Borges is recovering at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Ralston said. Her son was not injured.

“I heard some gunshots… looked up to where I heard the gunshots and saw a guy with a handgun shooting at this lady,” a construction worker in the vicinity told MyFoxOrlando.com.

The witness said two or three shots were fired before the gunman got into a black SUV, where a getaway driver was waiting. The pair sped off, according to the worker.

“After that, I saw a couple more guys come from behind the house and jump the fence and run,” he told MyFoxOrlando.com.

A man who police say escaped with the female suspect in the victims’ Audi Q7 was arrested Wednesday in Apopka. Oscar Diaz Hernandez, 19, of Orlando was being held without bail on charges of attempted homicide, kidnapping and home-invasion robbery.

Cousins Miguel Diaz Santiz, 25, and Victor Manuel Sanchez, 20, who live together in Apopka, were arrested Tuesday and were being held without bail on the same charges. Immigration authorities are looking into their status.

The sport utility vehicle was found abandoned Tuesday at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves shopping center. Two schools were locked down while authorities searched for the suspects.

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