May 22, 2020
Miami Herald – A Florida Keys man kidnapped a teenage girl from a Publix parking lot so he could use her to get through the coronavirus checkpoint on U.S. 1 that was set up in late March to keep visitors out, police say.
The girl, 17, also lives in the Keys. Police say the man kidnapped her and forced her to drive to Monroe County because her ID and hurricane reentry sticker on her car windshield would be enough to convince deputies at the checkpoint to let her pass.
A cab driver apparently dropped them off on the side of the road heading north on U.S. 1. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw them arguing and gave them a “courtesy ride” to Florida City.
They ended up at the Publix supermarket, where they saw the girl near her car, which had both the hurricane reentry sticker and a Monroe County license plate.
The girl was reportedly driving from her father’s house in Homestead to her mother’s house in Key West, but stopped at Publix first to get a snack.
Sardinas approached the girl and said he would hurt her if she did not drive him and the woman to the Keys, according to a sheriff’s office.
Sardinas threatened to hurt the victim if she touched her cellphone, police said.
As planned, the girl passed through the checkpoint by showing her driver’s license … Read more.