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Bond reduced for man linked to Mexican drug cartel, arrested in Joplin

UPDATED APRIL 7, 2014:  A man arrested in Joplin this past December for an alleged kidnapping that drew national attention appeared in court on Monday for a pre-trial conference.

Bond for Guillermo Ramirez-Peyro has now been set at $125,000.

Ramirez-Peyro was arrested back at a Joplin hotel for allegedly kidnapping a woman from New York.

The suspect has drawn national attention for possible links to international crime.

POSTED JANUARY 2, 2014:  Police look for answers in the case of a kidnapping suspect arrested in Joplin, who might be linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

Police here in the Four States say they are concentrating their focus on what the suspect did locally.  Those involved with what happened are still trying to grasp the details.

Matthew Miller, general manager of Joplin's Quality Inn, says he learned on Wednesday from a motel clerk about a bizarre incident that happened Saturday.

"I got here, and I talked to my night owner, and he goes, yeah, that was me that happened to.  I didn't think anything major about it at the time.  I just knew she needed help," says Miller.

Enter in some details that still leave Joplin police scratching their heads.

"We do, occasionally, get a report of a kidnapping.  Something of this nature, though, is not something you'll get every day," says Lieutenant Matt Stewart with the Joplin Police Department.

The suspect is 42-year-old Guillermo Ramirez-Peyro.  In court documents, the alleged victim claims on Christmas Eve, Ramirez-Peyro threatened to beat or murder her if she didn't fly with him from his home state of New York to Los Angeles.

"She indicated she's had a relationship with this male since October of 2013.  Since that, she obtained an order of protection from New York State," says Lt. Stewart.

The woman said they picked up a Ferrari in Los Angeles to drive back to New York State.  Police say the Ferrari had Mexico license plates.

"We haven't determined what that is all about," says Lt. Stewart.

But news reports link Ramirez-Peyro to working with a Mexican drug cartel.

On the drive back to New York State, Ramirez-Peyro and the woman with him stopped at Joplin's La Quinta Inn.  Police say neither of them have family in the area.  A short time after Ramirez-Peyro checked into a motel room, he fell asleep.

Police say the alleged victim made her way from the La Quinta Inn towards a nearby Quality Inn, where there were Joplin police officers.  But the woman did not stop to talk to those police officers.

"She cam running into the doors, and was apparently very, very scared and saying she's after me, he's going to hurt me," says Miller.  "She went over here, by the coffee station, hiding from the window.  She was like, can you get me a room, but get those police outside over here right away.  She had run to one of the police cars, but got scared he was going to shoot her from the window," says Miller.

"She was a little hesitant in saying she's been kidnapped.  But she said she was in fear of the man harming her or her family," says Lt. Stewart.

Police say Ramirez-Peyro opened his motel room for police, and was arrested for kidnapping without incident.

"There's been other incidents in the past where somebody got hurt and was running through the parking lot here.  You know, against her boyfriend at the Days Inn, and we got her help.  I guess we help everybody that needs help," says Miller.

The suspect has been charged with kidnapping and is currently being held in the Newton County jail.  He is still waiting for arraignment and is being held on a $250,000 bond.  Joplin police say they found no evidence in the suspect's car or motel room.

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