Florida man sought in kidnapping plot
MIAMI – A 13-year-old boy bound to a tree in the woods foiled a kidnapping-for-ransom plan by using a safety pin, his teeth and his hands to escape, police said Sunday.Investigators searched a Bradenton house early Sunday and issued an arrest warrant for Vicente Ignacio Beltran Moreno, 22, but authorities believe he has fled the state.The truck suspected of being used in the kidnapping was found outside the home believed to be Beltran’s, detectives said. They also found a ransom note with threats, though they would not say where it was found or what it demanded.Friday morning, about a dozen children at a school bus stop watched as Clay Moore was forced at gunpoint into a red pickup truck, police said.It appeared the boy was chosen randomly from the group of children in Parrish, a town about 30 miles southeast of St. Petersburg that has seen explosive growth but still has many rural areas, authorities said.”Clay was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells said.Clay was bound and left alone about 20 miles away in some dense woods on a farm where Beltran had worked three years ago, police said.Clay used a safety pin to cut through the duct tape and wriggled free. He then pulled the sock from his mouth, began walking until he found a farmer with a cell phone and called his mother, authorities said.A sheriff’s office spokesman, Dave Bristow, said the teen had the safety pin on him. He did not know whether it was in a pocket or elsewhere, but apparently the boy remembered it and used it to help in his escape.”This man kidnapped the wrong kid,” Wells said. “This is an observant kid. He’s courageous.”Investigators believe the kidnapper planned to leave the boy tied up in the woods until the ransom was paid, Wells said. Authorities were trying to determine whether there were other suspects involved.On Saturday, investigators and the boy returned to the farm where he was rescued a day earlier. A sketch of the suspect was shown to workers who identified Beltran, Bristow said.Beltran, a native of Mexico, had worked at the farm three years ago, but later became a laborer for an aluminum contractor, Bristow said.Beltran did not have a published telephone listing in Manatee County.