Update 6/23/08 4:28PM
Great news! (three for three on the missing I have featured today! WooHoo!)
William Benitez has been found safe in Galveston, Tx. Police are still searching for his alledged abductor, Antonio Granado.
See complete news story Here.
On Wednesday, June 18th at approximately 1:09AM, Rockingham County deputies were called out to a home on Stephanie Lane in Madison, NC.
According to reports, several people forced their way into the residence through a backdoor including a female, beat the family and took 17-year-old William Alexander Benitez by knifepoint, leaving in a 1993 black Honda Civic. William Benitez has not been seen since.
William Alexander Benitez
Later the same day the Civic was involved in a head on collision in which the driver of the Civic got out and left the scene.
Investigators found a suitcase full of clothing, pictures and pay stubs in the vehicle. They have since tied those as well as the tag on the car to 18-year-old Antonio Granado. Authorities have since spread the search area from North Carolina to Texas where police believe the abductors are headed and where Granado is from.
Wanted: Antonio Dejesus Granado
It seems this home invasion and abduction of a 17-year-old teen, may be part of a string of home invasions that have occurred within a span of three days.
On Thursday after the abduction of Benitez, two men stormed through another home, beating and pistol whipping its occupants.
There has been an Amber Alert issued for William Alexander Benitez who stands 5 ft 7in tall and weighs 162lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue-striped shirt and jeans.
His alleged abductor, Antonio Dejesus Granado is 18-years-old, Hispanic and is 5ft 6in tall with brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 138lbs.
There has been an arrest warrant issued for Granado, charging him with kidnapping and burglary.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dana Taylor of the Rockingham Country Sheriff’s Office at 634-3238 or Crime Stoppers at 349-9683.
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