Florida man ‘kidnapped a 17-year-old girl and forced her to drive him through a coronavirus checkpoint after officials rejected him for not having proof of residence’
- Alexander Michael Sardinas, 37, and wife, 43, are said to have kidnapped a girl, aged 17
- The pair, Florida Keys residents, were unable to enter the area due to a lack of ID
- They reportedly forced the girl to drive them through the coronavirus checkpoint
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A man was arrested after allegedly kidnapping a 17-year-old girl and forcing her to drive him and another woman through a coronavirus checkpoint.
Florida Keys residents Alexander Michael Sardinas, 37, from Tavernier and a 43-year-old Islamorada woman attempted to drive into the area by coronavirus highway checkpoint by taxi on Thursday morning, the Sheriff’s Office in Monroe County reported.
The pair were turned down after failing to prove they were Florida Keys residents – the area is currently closed to non-residents due to Covid-19, reported ABC news.
Florida Keys residents Alexander Michael Sardinas, 37, from Tavernier and a 43-year-old woman from Islamorada reportedly forced a 17-year-old to drive them through a coronavirus checkpoint
Mr. Sardinas and the woman then approached a 17-year-old girl – also a Florida Keys resident – at a parking lot of a Publix supermarket in Homestead, 30 miles north of Upper Keys, and threatened to harm her if not would drive over the checkpoint to Tavernier, police said.
The victim did what he was asked to do and drove the two through the checkpoint without alerting the checkpoint authorities while checking her driver’s license. Police added that the victim was too afraid to raise the alarm.
Once she dropped Sardinas off at a gas station, and the woman at a pharmacy, the victim, who was not injured, called a family member who warned the police.
Mr. Sardinas and the woman then approached a 17-year-old girl – also a Florida Keys resident – in a parking lot of a Publix supermarket in Homestead, 30 miles north of Upper Keys
Both Sardinia and the woman were found and interrogated by the police shortly after, and did not deny that they were in the young woman’s car, police reported.
The Islamorada woman was not arrested, but Sardinas was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment after being identified by the victim in a line-up.
Police say more arrests and charges can be made about the case, police said ABC news.
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement, “I am relieved that this suspect is currently in prison and the young victim in this case has not been seriously injured.”