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Nash deputy rescues kidnapped Mass. girl, arrests suspects

Posted August 8, 2008 1:09 p.m. EDT

— 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.