It was a tense morning in Puerto Rico after a municipal legislator was kidnapped and carjacked. It happened on the eastern side of the island in Humacao.

Ana Ponce Rosa was at a medical lab early this morning when a man walked in and said, according to police, that he had a knife and a gun. He told people in the room to give him their belongings.
Surveillance video, obtained by WAPA TV, shows the man in the lobby of the lab. He kept asking who owned the 2021 white vehicle parked in the parking lot. The legislator said it was hers.
You see the legislator, Ponce Rosa, hand the suspect her car keys. According to police he told her to walk outside with him. He claimed that he needed her help starting the car. She then gets up and she walks with the suspect to her vehicle.
Ponce Rose, according to police, told the suspect to take the vehicle and go. But the suspect demanded that she get in the vehicle with him. He drove them from Humacao to the San Juan area.
They stopped at an ATM, at one point. Police say the suspect told Ponce Rosa that someone was trying to kill him.
She asked him not to hurt her.
As the suspect drove the victim’s vehicle to San Juan, police were in the process of issuing a pink alert. That information could be seen on digital billboards around the island, near major highways, as the suspect was driving down the freeway.
When they reached the San Juan area the suspect agreed to let the legislator get out of the vehicle and he took off. A maintenance worker spotted the legislator and recognized her as the missing woman who police were looking for.
The maintenance worker escorted the legislator to a police station which was about three blocks away. Late today, the suspect was arrested by Puerto Rico police and the vehicle was recovered.
The FBI has taken over the investigation and taken custody of the suspect. The legislator is doing just fine, I’m told.
She was not harmed physically.
As for how the suspect arrived in Humacao - police say the suspect claims that a woman drove him to the Humacao area.
The suspect said he thought he was being driven to a place where he would be killed so he got out of the vehicle at an intersection and ran to a business that was open, which in this case, was the lab, and that’s where the story starts.

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