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*UPDATE: Joshua Miranda Rivera turned himself in at the Volusia County Branch Jail on Monday.
ORLANDO MAN WANTED ON KIDNAPPING, OTHER CHARGES IN OVERNIGHT DELTONA INCIDENT
An Orlando man is wanted on kidnapping, false imprisonment and battery charges after taking an ex-girlfriend from her home against her will overnight.
Joshua A. Miranda Rivera, 33 (DOB 11/16/1986), has not yet been taken into custody at the time of this release.
Deputies responded around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after a 30-year-old Deltona woman reported Rivera came to her house on Covington Drive and choked her, then armed himself with an AK-47 and forced her to leave with him.
The victim gave the following account: Rivera told her they were going for a ride, and forced her to drive. She tried to turn around and drive back home, and at one point she got out of the vehicle and tried to walk home. However, Rivera chased her, forced her back into the driver’s seat and then sat on top of her while driving toward Seminole County on State Road 415.
The victim said she later managed to escape out of the vehicle again, in the area of S.R. 415 and S.R. 46, and hid in some foliage before running to a nearby residence for help. Rivera took her car and phone and left the area. Deputies from both Volusia and Seminole counties responded to the incident.
The victim was not injured. She told detectives Rivera was angry over text messages on her phone. The victim had recently broken up with Rivera after dating for about 9 months. She said Rivera told her he would shoot her and the person she had been texting.
Rivera is encouraged to make contact with law enforcement and turn himself in; anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
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