- Date of Crime: 2007-08-18
- Location of crime:
- Hometown: Gastonia, NC
- Sex: F
- Age: 6
- Sex: F
- Arrest Status: charged
Two little girls playing at a birthday party Saturday night, August 18, 2007 in Gastonia, NC suddenly disappeared. Francisco Albarran Miranda went looking for the two girls, his 5-year-old daughter and his 6-year-old niece.
An open door neighboring the children’s party revealed his niece. Beyond the door, he found his daughter, a neighbor and an unthinkable horror.
“His pants were opened and my daughter’s dress was pulled up,” Miranda said. “I thought he was trying to do something to her. We come in. I hit the guy, and called the police.”
A neighbor, Ramon Zamora-Solano, pulled his daughter and niece into his apartment, Miranda said.
Gastonia Police arrested Zamora-Solano, 41. Police say Zamora-Solano is an illegal immigrant. He was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of assault on a child under the age of 12.
The following Monday, Police also charged Zamora-Solano with attempted statutory sex offense and another count of assault on a child under 12, according to arrest warrants. The third child was 3 years old.
Miranda and his family are still recovering from Saturday’s incident, he said. Miranda’s wife Anahi Rivera Guiterrez, who is eight months pregnant, made a trip to the hospital after the ordeal. She was fine, but Miranda is still angered by the thought of what could have happened to his daughter.
“I want to kill him,” he said. “Every father that has a daughter would feel the same way.”
Zamora-Solano remains in the Gaston County Jail under a $350,000 bond.
“It’s a good thing he’s in jail,” Miranda said. “It could have been another kid.”
Miranda said he will continue to let his daughter play in the neighborhood, but he’ll keep a close watch on her.
Documentation:20AUG07, Gaston Gazette, NC
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