A Texas couple were kidnapped at gunpoint from their home while their five children were inside, police say.
San Antonio police were alerted to a report of a home invasion in the 3100 block of Mission Bell Street in the southwest part of the city shortly after 6 a.m. on Wednesday 6 september.
Officers said two men arrived uninvited at the family home and took the two adults away, according to ABC13.
The couple were described as male and female in their 30s. They were taken against their will and placed in a white sport utility vehicle.
It is unclear where those suspected of abducting the couple took them after the incident.
Authorities have not released the identities of the kidnapping victims or a description of their captors. Police are unsure of the reason for the abduction and say children inside the home were not harmed in the incident.
According to ABC13, San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) officer Ricardo Guzman said, “The suspects broke down the door, entered the house, took the two adults and fled the scene. »
He then added: “We have located five minors inside the house. No injuries have been reported and they are unharmed.”
According to San Antonio police statistics, 59 misdemeanor kidnapping and kidnappings were recorded between January and July of this year.
This represents a slight increase from the same period in 2022, when 56 cases of kidnapping and abduction were recorded.
In 2022, 546,568 new missing person reports were logged in the state’s National Crime Information Center and of those, 205,995 were 18 or older, according to the Texas Center for the Missing.
Investigators hope surveillance footage in the area could reveal more about what happened during the abduction.
The police questioned several people, including the children, all of whom were believed to be under the age of 17.
Although police have said they hope to find the parents and bring them home safely, they have little information about the abduction so far.
The Texas Center for the Missing said that while law enforcement is “working tirelessly to serve our communities,” the “overwhelming numbers” make it difficult to find people.
He adds that the state’s two largest agencies have worked on 11,000 missing persons cases with only 15 investigators.
Kidnapping is a relatively rare crime in San Antonio, where 90,334 and 90,433 misdemeanors were recorded between January and July in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
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