DELTONA, Fla. – A man who was wanted on several charges after kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from her home has turned himself in, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Joshua A. Miranda Rivera, 33, was at large and wanted by authorities, according to a news release.
According to officials, deputies responded around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after a 30-year-old Deltona woman reported that Rivera came to her house, unplugged her security camera and choked her because he believed she had cheated on him.
She told authorities that he then armed himself with an AK-47, told her “let’s go for a ride” and forced her to leave with him.
As she was driving, Rivera took her phone and began texting and calling the man he believed she had cheated on him with, records show. When the man finally answered, Rivera told him, “You think you’re going to talk to my woman you got another thing coming" then hung up on him, according to the affidavit.
At one point, after Rivera said they were going to Cocoa Beach, the woman made a U-turn and got out of the car to try to escape but Rivera forced her back into the vehicle and sat on top of her while continuing to drive, the whole time yelling that she had cheated on him, records show.
Deputies said Rivera elbowed the victim in the face and in return she choked him, which allowed her to break free from him, get into the passenger’s seat and jump out of the vehicle as it was moving at a slow speed.
She hid in a bush for 10 minutes then ran to a nearby home to ask for help, according to authorities.
Officials said Rivera then took her car and phone and drove away.
Deputies from both Volusia and Seminole counties responded to the incident.
“The victim was not injured. She told detectives Rivera was angry over text messages on her phone. The victim had recently broken up with Rivera after dating for about 9 months. She said Rivera told her he would shoot her and the person she had been texting,” investigators said.
The man at the center of the cheating allegations told authorities that he and the victims were just friends who would occasionally speak on the phone.
Rivera turned himself in Monday after encouragement from his attorney. During a first appearance Tuesday, a judge ordered Rivera held without bail.