Neighbor after suspected kidnapping: ‘I didn’t know what to think’

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Authorities captured 28-year-old Romero Garcia after sheriff’s deputies say he kidnapped a mother and two children from their home in Kyle.

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Hays County officials said Garcia was taken into custody near the Mexico border and that his estranged wife and two children had been found safe. Authorities said they were located about 22 miles from the Laredo/Mexico border.

Garcia was a suspect in a sexual misconduct case involving a family member on Monday, authorities said.

On Tuesday, an altercation broke out between him and his estranged wife, Orbelia Jaimes. Deputies say he then forced Jaimes and the two kids into a car and took off.

Garcia reportedly called a family member saying he was going to hurt the children and run to Mexico.

“I asked the neighbors [about what happened]. They said, ‘Well, the kids are not here,'” said Jeanette Esparza. “I didn’t know what to think.”

Jeanette lives next door to where investigators believe the abduction happened.

“They were very nice people. They were nice people to get along with. Never, I never [thought] anything would happen in Kyle like this,” Jeanette said.

After deputies were alerted, an Amber Alert was issued.

Authorities in Webb County, Texas, were able to pull over Garcia about 2:30 p.m. and take him into custody.

Hays County Sheriff’s Office reports it is working to have Garcia transported back to the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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