On the day he was kidnapped, Clay Moore`s parents made the 13-year-old use a safety pin to mend his school uniform because he was to blame for tearing it.
That safety pin became key to Clay`s escape from the kidnapper, who snatched him at gunpoint from a school bus stop last Friday and left him in an East Manatee woods taped up and gagged. [Clay Moore`s incredible tale of escape from an armed kidnapper, Sarasota Herald Tribune 2/27/07]
Below: Clay Moore appeared with his family at a press conference.
Kidnapping for ransom is nearly non-existent in the whole of the USA. In Tijuana, there were close to 100 reported incidents of it last year. [Crime wears on Tijuana, San Diego, USA Today 2/05/07]
Suspect Vicente Beltran-Moreno, who earlier worked as an agricultural picker nearby, remains at large, and may have already escaped to Mexico. Naturally, the local illegal alien community fears a "backlash."
Meanwhile, parents have begun accompanying their children to bus stops.