A Florida man was busted for kidnapping a teen and forcing her to drive him by a coronavirus checkpoint, native authorities mentioned.
Alexander Michael Sardinas, 37, of Tavernier, and Michelle Lynne Peterson, 43, from Islamorada, tried to enter the Florida Keys in a taxi Thursday morning however had been turned away on the freeway checkpoint as a result of they didn’t have the correct paperwork indicating they lived or labored there, the Miami Herald reported, citing the Monroe County Sheriff’s Workplace.
By means of the tip of Might, solely these with proof of residency are allowed to enter the Keys due to coronavirus considerations.
A Florida Freeway Patrol trooper noticed the pair arguing and gave them a “courtesy trip” to Florida Metropolis, sheriff’s workplace spokesman Adam Linhardt informed the outlet.
Sardinas and Peterson ended up at a Publix grocery store in Homestead, the place they approached the teen close to her automotive, which had each a hurricane reentry sticker on her windshield and a Monroe County license plate, in accordance to the report.
Sardinas threatened to hurt the teen, a Florida Keys resident, if she didn’t give them a carry to the Keys or if she touched her telephone, in accordance to Linhardt.
The frightened teen drove the pair to the freeway checkpoint, the place she simply handed by along with her driver’s license, which confirmed her Florida Keys deal with.
“The sufferer informed detectives she didn’t say something to deputies on the checkpoint concerning the man within the automotive threatening to hurt her as a result of she was scared,” Linhardt informed the Herald.
However after dropping off each passengers, the teen informed a member of the family who known as the cops. She was not harmed.
Detectives discovered Sardinas close to the place the sufferer dropped him off and Peterson in Islamorada, the Herald reported.
Sardinas is charged with one rely of kidnapping and is being held in county jail on $50,000 bond, the paper reported.
Peterson was not arrested. Nonetheless, extra arrests and costs could also be pending, in accordance to Linhardt.