Man arrested in Louisiana after allegedly kidnapping 4 young children in north Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WSVN) — Deputies said a man accused of kidnapping four young children in north Florida has been arrested in Louisiana.

Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies say Jose Garcia Montes, 35, kidnapped 6-year-old Kymani Nevaeh Reese, 4-year-old Kristina Marie Garcia, 3-year-old Jose Emmanuel Garcia, and 1-year-old Kaelynn Sophia Garcia. Kaelynn turns 2 years old on Wednesday.

Montes is the biological father to three of the children, and was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff said he was taken into custody at a work site without the children present. They were located by police and are safe.

According to investigators, Montes had taken the children from their home on Saturday, telling their mother he would bring them back later that evening.

The sheriff’s office said it took two days for the mother to notify authorities about her missing children, once he told her he would not be bringing them back home.

Montes faces four counts of kidnapping, the sheriff said.


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