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Kidnapping victim’s wife used phone location tracking to trick suspect and get him arrested, Texas police say

Police in Texas say they arrested an 18-year-old man after the kidnapping victim’s wife tricked him into using a location tracker on his phone.

Vanessa Chavez told KTRK-TV about a call she received from a kidnapping suspect on her husband, Juan Chavez’s phone, on May 15th.

Her husband was delivering for Uber Eats to earn money to feed their twin babies, and that day he called her to tell her it was a life-or-death situation. Her first thought was to call the police.

“I immediately said, ‘I’m calling the police right now,’ and as soon as I said that, I heard a man’s voice say, ‘Don’t call the police. I want you to send me $2,000,'” she recalled.

Juan Chavez told KTRK that 18-year-old Houston Charles Stevens approached him with a gun at the Whataburger on Gessener Road in the Spring Branch neighborhood.

Police said the language barrier led to the suspect’s arrest.

Juan Chavez didn’t speak much English, so he called his wife to translate for him. Vanessa Chavez said she had been tracking her husband’s late-night deliveries for safety. She quickly came up with a plan.

“I immediately said, ‘OK, I’m going to find a Bank of America.’ In my mind, I was thinking, ‘I’m just going to buy my husband some time so I can call the police,'” she said.

She said she knew her husband’s Discover card wouldn’t work at Bank of America, so she used that time to call police. After she hung up with her abductor, following her location tracking led police to her last known location on Fondren Road in southwest Houston.

The alleged kidnapper and victim were transported from Bank of America to a nearby Chevron, where they were picked up by police.

Vanessa Chavez said police called her and told her her husband was there and safe.

“It was only a few minutes, but it felt like a very long time,” she said.

Houston police said the suspect also kidnapped and robbed a Domino’s Pizza delivery man the day before targeting Chavez.

“I’m really happy they caught him. I didn’t know it at the time, but I think he’d probably done something like this before and will do it again,” Vanessa Chavez said.

She says the horrific incident has left her husband insecure. And panic attacksHe won’t be delivering for Uber Eats any more.

“We never would have imagined something like this would happen to him,” Vanessa Chavez said.

Here’s news video about the arrest:

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