Suspect still at large in infant's abduction
7-month-old safe after taken at gunpoint from home; biological father arrested on unrelated warrant
A 7-month-old boy who was taken from his father's home in Ennis at gunpoint on Thursday morning was found safe in Parker County on Friday afternoon and the non-custodial mother of the child is in custody, police said.
Police are still searching for 25-year-old Marcus Nast, the man who police said accompanied the mother to the Ennis home and pulled a gun on the boy’s father. As of early Tuesday, Nast remains at large.
Nast is described by authorities as a 5-foot-11-inch white man who weighs about 168 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. He has numerous tattoos, including on his neck and face.
Nast has a lengthy criminal record according to published reports, including an arrest and indictment in Parker County at the age of 17 in 2014 on a charge of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. He was indicted in Parker County in 2018 for possession of a controlled substance and was arrested again in Tarrant County in 2020 on a parole violation.
Anyone with information about Nast can submit an anonymous tip by at parkercountysheriff.net or by calling Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to Nast’s arrest.
In a twist, the infant’s father, 21-year-old Joey Ramirez, was arrested Friday in Parker County as he was waiting to be reunited with his child. Sheriff’s officials in both Ellis and Parker County told reporters that Ramirez had an outstanding warrant for an unrelated family violence assault causing bodily injury charge out of Ellis County, so they couldn't place the child back in his custody.
The infant was instead released into the custody of relatives. Ramirez posted a $2,500 bond and was released later Friday evening after being booked into the Parker County Jail in Weatherford.
A statewide Amber Alert was called off on Friday after police located the infant, Miguel David Lee Ramirez, with his mother, 20-year-old Faith Reid. Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier told KTVT television the baby appeared to be in good health.
“We could not be happier that the child was located unharmed and the female suspect was taken into custody without incident,” Authier said. “We are still searching for the male suspect. Anyone with information about the location of the suspect is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.”
Reid was booked into the Parker County Jail after the Ford F-150 pickup identified in the alleged abduction was spotted on the side of the road at about 3 p.m. on Friday, apparently out of gas, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office. The mother and baby were in the pickup and taken into custody, but Nast apparently was able to evade officers on foot.
Reid was being held on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $300,000.
“I never suspected someone would steal my own child from me,” Joey Ramirez told WFAA. “Out of my own home, with me there.”
Ramirez said he had been caring for his son and Reid hasn’t been in the picture for months.
Investigators said Reid arrived with a man later identified as Nast at a home in the 900 block of North Shawnee Street in Ennis where the infant's father lives around 10:25 Thursday morning.
Reid and Nast entered the home without consent and took Miguel, according to Ennis police. Joey Ramirez followed the two out of the house and became involved in an altercation with Nast, according to police. During the fight, Nast pulled a handgun and threatened to shoot Ramirez, according to police. Nast and Reid then placed the child into the pickup and took off.
The Ennis Police Department released photos of both the baby and mother as well as a surveillance photo of the pickup. On Friday, authorities identified Nast as the man who accompanied Reid during the infant’s abduction, and released the license plate number of the F-150 used in the getaway.