Kidnapping suspect charged; ordered woman to withdraw money from ATM

HARLINGEN — Police arrested a man on Friday they say kidnapped a woman in November from the mall parking lot.

Rene Rubio, 27, of Santa Rosa was arraigned on a first degree felony charge for aggravated kidnapping. His bond was set at $350,000.

Officers say on Nov. 12 they were called to the 2000 block of Expressway 83 at 9:40 p.m. in reference to a subject with a gun.

They say a Harlingen woman told them she was in her car in the mall parking lot when a man entered the vehicle.

Police say the suspect was Rubio and that he placed an object (possibly a gun) to the woman’s head. He is accused of ordering her to drive to an ATM to remove money. The woman says Rubio also made her drive to several different locations in the area, before getting out of the car somewhere near Wilson Road.

The woman was not injured.

Investigators said all along they were certain Rubio was the suspect. A search warrant had been issued and he was found on Friday when he was arrested.