WOMAN ABDUCTED FROM WORK REUNITED WITH FAMILY
- BSO Case Number: DR12-11-1965
- PIO Number: 12-11-14
- Date: November 12, 2012
- Time: 1:18 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: 916 S.W. 15 St., Deerfield Beach
- Jurisdiction: Deerfield Beach
- Latonya Peak, 28, female, Fort Lauderdale
- Vinson Jerome Rattray Jr., 32, 10/20/80, male, Deerfield Beach
Description of Incident:
A woman who was abducted at gunpoint from work Monday afternoon in Deerfield Beach was reunited with her family, and her kidnapper was arrested.
Latonya Peak’s seven-hour ordeal began shortly after 1 p.m. when she and a co-worker returned to the Amadeo Trinchitella clinic, commonly referred to as the Deerfield Beach High School Health Center, after lunch. The two were in the back parking lot of the clinic when they were approached by the gunman, later identified as Vinson Jerome Rattray Jr., a patient at the clinic.
The women ran in opposite directions when Rattray approached. Peak’s co-worker was able to run to safety, but Rattray forced Peak into his vehicle and fled the scene. Using investigative techniques, Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives located Rattray’s vehicle at an apartment complex at 3331 Coral Hills Drive in Coral Springs, where Coral Springs police set up a command post nearby and assisted with the investigation.
Peak’s co-workers told BSO detectives that Peak was afraid of Rattray, that he had been harassing her for several months and that he threatened to kill her.
Investigators zeroed in on apartment 11 after someone spotted Rattray taking Peak inside.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the Coral Springs SWAT team moved in and negotiated a safe surrender. Rattray was taken into custody without incident. Rattray, Peak and the man who lives in apartment 11 were transported to Coral Springs PD so their statements could be taken and Rattray could be questioned before taken to jail.
Investigators recovered the gun used by Rattray in the canal behind the apartment. It’s still unclear what role, if any, the man who lives in the apartment played in the incident. BSO detectives continued to sort out the details surrounding the abduction.
INVESTIGATORS: Violent Crimes Unit Sgt. G. Bukata and Det. J. Ramirez, CID and Coral Springs PD
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO November 13, 2012 0115