A nationwide manhunt is underway for three men wanted in connection with the rape and kidnapping of two underage girls in Ohio.
Bowling Green Police say two sisters, ages 13 and 14, were staying at a Days Inn in Bowling Green, Ohio when four men allegedly held them against their will and the alleged rapes occurred. One of the men, Simon Juan Thomas, 24, of Guatemala has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and is being held at the Wood County Justice Center, according to a statement from police.
The three other suspects are on the run. Nationwide arrest warrants have been issued for David Ramos Contreras (top), Arnulfo Ramos (above) and Juan Garcia Rios Adiel (below). All three men are considered dangerous.
Contreras was seen on Saturday at a Walmart in Holland, Ohio. Police are seeking to identify two females who gave Contreras a ride from the store in a light colored vehicle, the statement said.
Police believe the men had been staying at the hotel for about a week before the alleged crimes occurred, according to CNN.
The two young victims were also staying at the hotel with their parents and were later taken to the hospital by their mother for an examination, CNN reported.
Police were able to speak with the suspects, according to WTVG, however, at the time they hadn't been able to talk with the victims and the men were not detained.
"They were up here working," Major Justin White of the Bowling Green Police Department told WTVG. "They had papers to be up here to work however we believe their paperwork, at this time, is fraudulent."
While police believe the men may not be in the country legally, White told WTVG their focus on finding the men is related to the alleged sexual assault and not the suspects' immigration status.
[Photos:Bowling Green Police]