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POPE COUNTY

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Victor Ramirez Alvarez, 22, of Big Lake, appeared in District Court on Monday on felony charges of kidnapping and depriving custodial and parental rights. He is accused of abducting a 2-year-old boy from a rural Pope County home as members of the family slept.
Robert Ramirez, 2, was found safe early Friday, after an Amber Alert was issued when law enforcement believed the toddler was abducted near Westport.
The Pope County Sheriff's Office has issued an Amber Alert for two-year-old Robert Ramirez.
A family of five was shot to death in their rural Sunburg home in 1970. The confessed murderer, Neil M. Pladson, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 1987, Pladson was released to a halfway house. A year later, he was found strangled to death in his apartment. His killer, Douglas Tank, was his roommate and he told authorities that Pladson had threatened to kill the man's family while brandishing a knife. Tank said he knocked the knife out of Pladson's hand and strangled him.
The crash took place Sunday afternoon on Highway 29.
While investigating alleged threats that Gregory Hartwig made, the Pope County Sheriff’s Office obtained text messages from Feb. 16 between Hartwig and his ex-wife.

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