These are the stories of two 14-year-old girls, both named Ruby, who had contact with young men who reportedly had very dangerous pasts.
Ruby Zavala was found safe Monday in the East Texas community of Winfield, and the 23-year-old man accused of kidnapping her is in jail. Police said she was not with Jesus Ramirez willingly.
Her family told NBC 5 that the two had dated but she broke up with him. Ramirez did not take it well, so he allegedly abducted her and family members at knifepoint.
Ruby Contreras of North Richland Hills was reunited with her family late Friday after Mexican authorities found her and Stephan Cox, 26, on Thursday morning in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, investigator Keith Bauman said Monday.
Police said this Ruby met Cox on social media websites.
“During those conversations, Stephan Cox was able to entice Ruby away from the custody of her family,” Bauman said.
Cox remained in an El Paso jail awaiting extradition to North Richland Hills. He has a history of this sort thing, according to this report from Domingo Ramirez Jr.
-- Bill Miller