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Armed Kidnapping (Update)

PUBLISHED:Fri April 21, 2017
Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an armed kidnapping that occurred at the Target located at 4795 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, in Kissimmee. The victim reported she was taken at gunpoint from Target, at 9:30 PM on Wednesday April 12, 2017. The suspect ordered her to drive to an ATM within the Kissimmee city limits to withdraw money and then made the victim drive for several hours around the area in an effort to locate other victims. The victim was later ordered to drive back to the original location (Target) by the suspect, where the suspect battered her.
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives identified Gabriel Rene D.O.B. 11/25/94, as a person of interest during their investigation. Rene had two active felony warrants for Armed Kidnapping and Armed Robbery for unrelated cases. Detectives worked around the clock distributing information about Rene and based on that information given out to the public, a citizen called in a tip of Rene’s whereabouts, which led to his arrest by the Kissimmee Police Department. As Osceola Sheriff’s Office detectives continued their investigation, a second victim came forward, reporting she was also a victim of kidnapping, an incident that occurred on March 8, 2017. This second incident occurred in the same shopping area.
After a complete and thorough investigation by Osceola Sheriff’s detectives, a judge issued two arrest warrants for Gabriel Rene on both incidents. Rene has been served with these warrants at the Osceola County Jail which include the following charges; Kidnapping, Robbery, Armed Burglary to an Occupied Conveyance, Aggravated Battery and Sexual Battery.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Kissimmee Police Department and the U.S. Marshals in this case. The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the numerous businesses and citizens who assisted this agency in helping and providing information in this case. We strive to improve the safety of our community and we are grateful to all those who help us make our community safer and stronger.