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Kidnapped woman in Hattiesburg, was a government witness

Flor Turcio-Arias Flor Turcio-Arias
Ruperto Flores Ruperto Flores
Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco A.K.A Uriel Castillo-Ochoa Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco A.K.A Uriel Castillo-Ochoa
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A kidnapped Florida woman who escaped her captors in Hattiesburg had been a government witness in a major human trafficking investigation.

According to documents filed in federal court in northern Florida, Flor Turcio-Arias, 34,  testified in several federal trials involving human trafficking in Tennessee and Kentucky. Those trials resulted in a number of convictions. Turcio-Arias and her family were relocated to Panama City, Florida, although the government says she was not part of the federal witness protection program. 

As we reported in late June, the woman was kidnapped at her Panama City home by two Hispanic males and driven to Hattiesburg. According to documents, she first tried to escape in Mobile, AL by alerting a bystander, but failed.  She was then brought to a house at 714 Morton Street in Hattiesburg. There, she escaped from her captors by climbing out of a bathroom window. She ran to the police department a block away and told authorities of her ordeal. 

Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco, 31, of Hattiesburg,  A.K.A Uriel Castillo-Ochoa was arrested at the Morton Street house.  He was identified as the driver of the car that brought the victim to Hattiesburg. 

A subsequent traffic stop in Jasper county resulted in the arrest of Ruperto Flores, 57. Both men are charged with conspiracy to kidnap. 

In addition, Flores faces charges of transporting a woman across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. According to court documents, the same day the Florida woman was kidnapped, Flores picked-up a female from the Dominican Republic at the Atlanta airport with his final destination a city in Louisiana. 

Officials allege, Flores received a call from Francisco asking him to pick-up a woman in Hattiesburg and take her to Louisiana.  According to documents, Francisco allegedly runs a house of prostitution.  At the time of their arrests, both Francisco and Flores had a female companion with them.

We're told the kidnapped victim has returned to her home, and authorities are reportedly still searching for a second Hispanic male that may have participated in the actual kidnapping. 

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