Alleged kidnapper arrested in Ladysmith
A mother and young son who police said had been kidnapped from Delaware were found unharmed in Caroline County today.
Around 2:22 p.m., 911 dispatchers received a brief call from a woman saying she and her son had been kidnapped from Delaware. Delaware authorities had issued an Amber Alert on a 4-year-old boy about an hour earlier.
Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa said the call only lasted seconds, but dispatchers were able to get a GPS hit on the phone’s location at an Exxon gas station in Ladysmith.
According to Lippa, the 19-year-old woman told her abducter that she needed to use the restroom. When she entered the gas station, she told the clerk she was being kidnapped and that she needed to call police. Lippa said the man had thrown her phone away.
The Spanish-speaking man entered the store with the child and asked the woman if she set him up, Lippa said. That’s when deputies arrived and the man pushed the woman and child in the car.
Deputies Alexander Smith and Sgt. Keith Chatman blocked the man’s vehicle and he was arrested without incident, Lippa said.
William Cueller-Martinez, 40, of Acworth, Ga., is charged in Caroline with two counts of abduction, preventing a victim from contacting law enforcement, grand larceny and false identification. He is also charged in Delaware with two counts of felony kidnapping, stalking and one count of second degree burglary. More charges are pending in both localities, Lippa said.
Cueller-Martinez, a convicted murderer, is also an illiegal immigrant from El Salvador, Lippa said. The relationship between the man and woman was not released.
He is being held without bond at Pamunkey Regional Jail.
The Caroline Sheriff’s office is currently working with FBI investigators on this case.