Clay Moore is one smart — and lucky — young fellow. The 13-year-old resident of Parrish, Florida, was kidnapped at gunpoint by an illegal alien on Friday in an attempted kidnap-for-ransom plot. Clay cleverly used a safety pin to escape being duct-taped to a tree in a remote wooded area 20 miles from the abduction, and then found a farmer with a cell phone
which he used to call for help.
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.
This case is a very concerning example of Mexicans bringing their culture
, particularly kidnapping
, to this country.
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.