FL man arrested in Baton Rouge after reportedly kidnapping 4 young children from mother

The four children are now safe with their mother (Source: Escambia County Sheriff's Office)
The four children are now safe with their mother (Source: Escambia County Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Florida man was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge after reportedly kidnapping four children from Pensacola.

The suspect, Jose Garcia Montes, 36, was arrested at a construction site off Summa Avenue after reportedly taking the four children from their mother in Escambia County on January 20.

After Montes was located at the construction site, he then led East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office officials to an address in the Gardere area where he had left the four children with a friend.

Officials with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said the mother was in constant contact with Montes, who is the biological father of three of the four children, but at some point, Montes told her he was not bringing the children back. It was at that point the mother alerted authorities.

Sheriff's office officials were assisted in this case by the FBI in Baton Rouge, the US Marshals Service, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Montes has an extensive criminal history, including four felony charges, five misdemeanors, and one felony conviction involving a deportation. His other charges involved drugs and assault, among other crimes.

The children are all under the age of 7 and are now safe and in the custody of DCFS.

Officials said there was no indication this was a human trafficking case.

Montes is charged with four counts of kidnapping. The full news conference from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office is below.

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