HARLINGEN — The Harlingen Police Department has been busy doing what it does, hindering crime.

Over the past couple of days, aside from the usual incidents, arrests have been made in connection with a stabbing and a kidnapping.

In addition, police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man wanted for evading arrest.


Police have arrested a man who they say kidnapped a woman in November.

A suspect in the case, Rene Rubio, 27, of Santa Rosa, has been located and arraigned on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated kidnapping, with bond set at $350,000.

At approximately 9:40 p.m. on Nov. 12, officers responded to the 2000 block of Expressway 83 in reference to a subject with a gun.

Officers made contact with a Harlingen woman who told police she was in her car at the mall parking lot when a man entered her vehicle. He placed an object — possibly a gun — to her head, police said. The man then made the woman drive to an ATM to remove money.

During the incident, the man had the woman drive to several different locations in the area, before getting out somewhere, possible on Wilson Road.

The woman was not injured.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives said they identified Rubio as the kidnapper, and an arrest warrant was obtained.

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