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Suspect sought in abduction, shooting of Campbell woman

Published: Thu, May 3, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.

CAMPBELL -- Police spent more than four hours looking for a 24-year-old Gertrude Avenue woman who was abducted and shot Wednesday night in a crime reminiscent of a Hollywood movie.

Police responded to a call around 9 p.m. of two shots being fired in the vicinity of a suspicious maroon van near 71 13th St.

Youngstown police found the van about 11:55 p.m. at South and Indianola avenues and discovered blood and two gun casings inside.

Campbell police said they thought the vehicle was involved in the kidnapping and shooting of Maria Rosario-Romano.

At that time, police said, Rosario-Romano's husband got a ransom call demanding $100,000. He was told to drop off the money behind Home Depot in Boardman.

Police said the abductor lowered the ransom to $30,000, saying the woman's health was failing.

Police traced one call to a pay phone near J & amp;L Shell Service Center in Campbell but didn't find anyone.

Woman, children found: Another call came from the same spot at 3:39 a.m. today, and police found the woman and three children who live with her: a 7-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl.

The children were unhurt. Rosario-Romano was in critical condition this morning in St. Elizabeth Health Center with a wound in her side.

Police said they are looking for a suspect, described as a 20-year-old Campbell man.


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