PROVIDENCE, RI (CBS) – A man charged with kidnapping a 9-year-old girl in Providence was ordered held without bail Wednesday. Police said 34-year-old Luis Martinez-Romero of Cranston grabbed the girl just after she got off the school bus Monday afternoon.

Police released surveillance video of the abduction on Tuesday. It showed an SUV pulling in front of the girl just after she left the bus. The driver got out, picked the girl up and put her in the back seat of the SUV before driving away.

It happened in the area of Grover and Merino Streets. The girl was dropped back off in same area about an hour after she was abducted.

Martinez-Romero was arrested late Tuesday. He’s charged with kidnapping of a minor and second degree sexual assault.

Police said Martinez-Romero did not know the girl.

Police say Luis Martinez-Romero is the man in the video kidnapping the girl October 5. (Image credit Providence PD)

“This dangerous individual has been removed from the streets of our city due to the swift and vigilant work of our officers who worked tirelessly on this case,” Providence Police said.

Providence Public Schools said their school bus drivers won’t drop off children 8 years old and younger unless there is an adult there to meet them.

Luis Martinez-Romero in court, Oct. 7, 2020. (WBZ-TV)

“If no adult is present at the time the bus arrives at the bus stop, the bus driver and bus monitor will keep the child on the bus and bring him/her to the bus yard where the parents may then pick up their child,” spokeswoman Laura Hart told WBZ-TV.

Comments (4)
  1. Jeanne Smith says:

    You gave half a story again. How did the girl get away, or did he drop her off? You never close the loop lately> please close the loop, Thanks

    1. Carl says:

      You don’t read so well. “The girl was dropped back off in same area about an hour after she was abducted.”

  2. Michele Buck says:

    was it another illegal alien.

  3. Votaff Oartrump says:

    He’s not going to have a lot of fun in jail once his fellow inmates find out why he’s there. There’s really no MORE hated inmate than the ones who accost children and many inmates hoping to gain favor “inside” will happily teach this thing a lesson.

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