Federal Charges Filed in Amber Alert Case Out of Ottumwa

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Kevin Ramirez (WHO-HD)

Kevin Ramirez (WHO-HD)

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A Florida man has been federally indicted in a case out of Ottumwa that prompted an Amber Alert.

Nineteen-year-old Kevin Ariel Toala Ramirez faces federal charges of enticement of a minor; travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, enticement of a minor; transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and possession of child pornography.

Ramirez was transferred from the Wapello County Jail into the custody of the US Marshall’s Office Thursday.

He faces state charges of child stealing and enticing a minor for an incident that happened in October of 2015. Ramirez is accused of travelling to Ottumwa from Florida to meet with a 13-year-old girl. After police took a missing person report on the girl on October 23rd, they determined she was with Ramirez and may be in danger.

An Amber Alert was issued and Ramirez and the girl were located in Acworth, Georgia on October 24th, 2015.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Ramirez Feb. 29th in federal court in Des Moines.