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Nash deputy rescues kidnapped Mass. girl, arrests suspects

Posted August 8, 2008

— A Nash County sheriff's deputy rescued a kidnapped 3-year-old girl from Massachusetts and arrested two suspects during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 Thursday.

Around 10:30 a.m., Massachusetts authorities asked North Carolina law enforcement to look out for a Jeep Liberty, possibly traveling on I-95. Authorities believed the Jeep had been involved in a kidnapping in Smithfield, Mass.

Less than a half-an-hour later, a Nash deputy spotted a Jeep Liberty and stopped it near mile marker 134. The deputy discovered that the kidnapped girl was inside.

The girl, Janelis Cuesta, was unharmed. She was placed with Nash County Department of Social Services until her mother arrives from Massachusetts.

The deputy arrested the two occupants of the Jeep: Carman Gomez, 39, and Jose Roman-Suarez, 41, both of Springfield, Mass.

Both Gomez and Roman-Suarez face charges of kidnapping a minor in Massachusetts. They were being held without bond while awaiting extradition.


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  • djofraleigh Aug 8, 2008

    So, the 3yo's mother let her brother, the child's uncle, keep the child overnight along with his girlfriend and then when they didn't return her on time the next day to a hospital, the mother calls them on their cell phone. The couple lies and says they are at 6 flags in NJ, but a check with the phone company says they were in SC. The police alerted NC (they were coming back?) and the arrest was made.

    Sometimes, do you think, some people are not living on the same planet as the rest of us, or maybe, aren't supposed to living in this country by our laws? There is just something out of mesh, not clicking, etc.

  • viking416 Aug 8, 2008

    Could this be a case of racial profiling? Two Mexican guys driving down a highway and get pulled over by a white deputy...I'm outraged at this!!

    On a saner note and not playing the civil liberties lawyer...

    Way to go Deputy!! Job well done!!

  • Tax Man Aug 8, 2008

    Great work! We love you officers. Thanks for helping out this little girl and her family.

  • Jay4 Aug 8, 2008

    Way to go, Nash County Deputies! One little girl's life is saved! Thank GOD for your good work! Finally a good news story in one of these cases. Hallelujah!!!

    May the perpetrators be in jail for a very long time = in their home country if they are illegals!

  • BruiserB Aug 8, 2008

    I travel 95 frequently and I see Nash County Interstate Enforcement most every time. These folks are on the ball in a dangerous environment and they deserve our respect. Great job !!!!!!!!!

  • twc Aug 8, 2008

    Everyone but the perps like law enforcement when they do their jobs right!! Duh!!!

  • Just the facts mam Aug 8, 2008

    Good job !!!

  • johnny2times Aug 8, 2008

    what no law enforcement bashing here?...good job Deputy...now all of the sudden people like law enforcement again.

  • Timbo Aug 8, 2008

    Well, I used to hate it when non-HP law enforcement patrol the Interstates. I guess I'll change that opinion.

  • rah-rah-rita Aug 8, 2008

    Good job Deputy!!! Really on the ball.