Name released of suspect arrested in abduction of child in Pope County

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in the case, including the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Alexandria Police Department.

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POPE COUNTY — The Pope County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man arrested early Friday morning, March 18, for the abduction of a 2-year-old child that triggered an Amber Alert on March 17.
Victor Ramirez, also known as Benigno Alvarrez, of Big Lake, has been booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail on probable cause for kidnapping. Formal charges are expected later today, March 18.
Acting on information developed through the investigation, Ramirez was arrested by Big Lake police officers outside of his home shortly after 11 p.m. on March 17 following a brief struggle, according to the sheriff's office.
Investigators located the child, Robert Ramirez, after receiving a 911 call that the child was in the garage of the caller’s Paynesville residence.
The child was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for evaluation and is currently in the custody of his mother.
This is an active and ongoing investigation, the Pope County Sheriff's Office said. More information will become available in the coming days as the investigation progresses.
The Pope County Sheriff’s Office has been assisted in its investigation by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, West Central Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Glenwood Police Department, Starbuck Police Department, FBI, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Stearns County
Sheriff’s Office, Big Lake Police Department and Alexandria Police Department.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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