Tucson couple accused of kidnapping own children, convicted of sex crime charges

Tucson couple accused of kidnapping own children, convicted of sex crime charges
Luis and Andrea Ramirez

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson couple accused of attacking a DCS worker, kidnapping their own kids and taking off to Mexico in 2018 have been found guilty of several sex crimes.

Luis and Andrea Ramirez were not in court and were convicted in absentia on Friday, May 3.

The guilty charges include 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of molestation and one count each of indecent exposure, child abuse and luring a minor.

According to court documents, the crimes happened between August 2013 and July 2016 when the victim was less than 15 years old. Authorities said the sex crimes do not involve the Ramirez's children.

Luis and Andrea Ramirez were indicted on the sex crime charges on May 2, 2018.

Two days later, they had a supervised visit with their children 5-year-old Luis Ramirez Jr. and 6-month-old Kahmila Ramirez.

5-year-old Luis Ramirez Jr. and 6-month-old Kahmila Ramirez (Source: Arizona DPS)
5-year-old Luis Ramirez Jr. and 6-month-old Kahmila Ramirez (Source: Arizona DPS)

The couple met an Arizona Department of Child Safety worker at a park near 29th and Kino.

Authorities said Luis threatened the worker with a taser before tying her to a tree. They then took the children and fled the area.

The family's car was found in Nogales, Arizona, and authorities believe the four crossed into Mexico.

Luis Ramirez is described as Hispanic, about 5-foot-5, 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Officers believe, according to evidence found in the recovered vehicle, that he may have shaved off his mustache and beard.

Andrea Ramirez is also Hispanic, about 5-foot-1, 220 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. They said she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and needs help walking.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 911.

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