DEERFIELD BEACH (CBSMiami) – A woman returning to her medical office building in Deerfield Beach just after 1 pm was abducted at gunpoint by a patient, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
BSO says the woman was taken to an apartment in Coral Springs and was rescued hours later by the Coral Springs SWAT team, after the suspect — Vinson Jerome Rattray Junior — gave up.
BSO says inside an apartment near the Coral Springs Medical Center, Rattray holed up with a woman he was infatuated with — Latonya Peak.
Investigators say Rattray abducted Peak from the Amadeo Trinchitella Medical Clinic in Deerfield Beach, operated by Broward Health.
We’re told Peak works there and Rattray is a patient.
Investigators say the woman returned from lunch around 1:20 when an armed man approached her and a co-worker in a parking lot.
Both women took off running but BSO says Rattray was able to kidnap Peak. Investigators say Peak told co-workers that Rattray had been stalking her for months.
“There were other employees who said she had complained about him,” said Veda Coleman-Wright, BSO Spokesperson. “That he was infatuated with her. And she was nervous. She was afraid of him.”
BSO says Rattray brought Peak to the apartment. We’re told he doesn’t live there and it’s unclear if he knows the person who does. Neighbors said they saw the Coral Springs SWAT team arrive in force.
“Swat team – tons of them — rifles drawn and I have no idea what’s going on,” said neighbor Andrew Sanatass.
Investigators tell us Rattray gave up and he, the woman and the man who lives in the apartment were found unharmed. They were all taken to the police department to sort out the details of a frightening ordeal. Neighbors say they’re surprised it ended in their quiet neighborhood but not shocked.
“You never know,” said Dave Babinec. “You could be anywhere and it could happen to anybody.”
The charges against Rattray are being sorted out.
Late Monday evening family members of the victim quickly rushed her into a waiting car. BSO says the victim was unhurt during her 7-hour ordeal with Rattray but was deeply frightened.
“This has a happy ending and she’s ok,” said Coleman-Wright.