Police are seeking this woman, Caren Ramirez, who is apparently the boy's aunt and may have had a role in his kidnapping. She is described as a 43-year-old woman, about 5 feet tall, weighing 100 pounds. (Photo contributed by Tracy Police Department).
Police say a bruised, emaciated teen boy wandered to this gym after being held in a home in Tracy, California.
Couple Arrested in Chained Teen Case
By MICHELLE LOCKE and MARCUS WOHLSEN , AP / Associated Press
TRACY, Calif. (Dec. 2) - A Girl Scout leader and her husband were arrested after an emaciated, terrified and nearly naked 17-year-old showed up at a gym with a chain locked to his ankle, saying he had just fled his captors, authorities said Tuesday.
Police were also seeking the boy's aunt and had an outstanding felony warrant against her for an earlier alleged assault against the teen.
The boy, who authorities said ran away from a Sacramento foster home last year, came into the In-Shape Sports Club in Tracy on Monday wearing only boxer briefs and covered in what appeared to be soot, gym manager Chuck Ellis said. Tracy is about 70 miles south of Sacramento.
Ellis said the teen was scared someone was going to come after him and asked to be hidden.
"He said, 'Don't let them get me, don't let them get me,'" Ellis said. "He was totally terrified."
The boy said he had been held captive for nearly a year, said Ellis, adding that he looked as if he was only 10 to 12 years old.
Authorities said they believe the boy had been chained to a car seat but picked up a dropped key, unlocked himself and fled when the car stopped.
Police arrested Kelly Layne Lau, 30, and Michael Schumacher, 34, late Monday after questioning the couple. A subsequent search of their nearby home found further evidence implicating them, said Tracy police spokesman Matt Robinson, who would not describe what officers found.
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