Former Etan Patz suspect freed in Pa., held again

November 8, 2012 - 3:34 AM
Missing NYC Boy

Inmate Jose A. Ramos is shown in this May 28, 2010 file photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Ramos, the man who was long the prime suspect in a landmark case of missing New York City boy Etan Patz is about to be released from a Pennsylvania prison where he spent more than 20 years for molesting other children. Ramos, a convicted pedophile whom authorities have called the prime suspect in the case, is set to be released Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 from the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, in northeastern Pennsylvania, prison spokesman Michael Goyne said. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York City police say a man long considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy decades ago has been released from a Pennsylvania prison but immediately rearrested because he gave authorities an invalid address for where he'd be staying.

Jose Antonio Ramos was taken into custody Wednesday by Pennsylvania state police and New York City police.

Police say he told them he would live at his cousin's home in the Bronx but no apartment there is registered to him or his cousin. The cousin tells police she moved and won't let Ramos live with her.

Ramos has been suspected in the disappearance of Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts), who vanished May 25, 1979. He has denied any involvement. Another man has since been arrested.

Ramos served more than 20 years on unrelated child molestation cases.