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Pair facing trio of charges after kidnapping woman

Posted at 11:44 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 18:17:10-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A man and a woman have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, retaliation, and evading arrest after a woman was able to escape their kidnap attempt on Sunday evening.

Anthony Montez, 51, and 43-year-old Erica Lopez were arrested Sunday after a woman in her 30s was able to alert the staff at the Flour Bluff Walmart that she had been kidnapped.

"She was writing little notes and giving them to employees to call the police that she was kidnapped," Lt. Mel Goce told KRIS 6 News on Sunday night.

CCPD Public Information Officer Lt. Michael Pena said the pair was charged with retaliation for trying to get money from the victim.

“The 41-year-old female was at her apartment when she was contacted by the suspects male and female at her apartment,” said Lieutenant Michael Pena.

“So they took her from her apartment to the 1200 block of Flour Bluff. It is my understanding that she owed a debt to them to repay that debt she was told to shoplift, to steal some items.”

The woman reportedly told police at the scene she had been taken because she testified against some suspects.

The CCPD's investigation is still ongoing.