Cops rescue a ‘kidnapped’ 13-year-old girl from a locked shed in North Carolina after she was groomed on social media and lured with cash from her home 1,000 miles away in Dallas: The man, 34 years old, is arrested for kidnapping
- Man Arrested And Charged After Kidnapping And Jailing 13-Year-Old Girl
- The girl is reported to be uninjured and has been returned home after evaluation.
A missing 13-year-old girl from Dallas was rescued from a locked shed nearly 1,000 miles from where she went missing in Lexington, North Carolina.
The girl was found on property belonging to Jorge Camacho, 34, who has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes including rape, child abduction and human trafficking.
Camacho was arrested after police discovered that he had used a social media messenger to groom and lure the kidnapped girl from her home.
Authorities were able to identify Camacho and the vehicle related to the kidnapping through local surveillance within ten minutes of receiving a tip from the FBI on Friday.
Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons said: ‘I thank God we were able to find this young lady; she may not be like this forever.
Jorge Iván Santos Camacho, pictured, was arrested on multiple charges after a search of his vehicle led police to his North Carolina residence where he had the girl.
The picture shows the locked shed where police found the 13-year-old girl after a tip.
Davidson County police followed the tip to Camacho’s home, where they found the girl, anonymous, locked in a garden shed.
While authorities are still putting together the timeline of the story, Camacho was immediately arrested and charged.
He is being held on $1.25 million bail.
Sheriff Simmons said conversations between Camacho and the girl were “consistent with grooming and enticing.”
It is understood that Camacho encouraged the girl to leave her house and picked her up.
In a statement on Facebook, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said cooperating investigators were able to trace Camacho’s vehicle to Davidson County.
With the help of FBI agents, they were able to stop the car as Camacho was leaving the registered address on Linwood Southmont Road, NC.
The suspect was taken into custody as investigators surrounded the shed, where they found the boy apparently uninjured.
She was transferred to a local hospital for medical evaluation and flown back to Texas.
Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho was charged with kidnapping a child, criminal restraint, human trafficking, two counts of statutory rape, two counts of sexual offense with children, and indecent liberties.
He was scheduled for his first court appearance yesterday.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that additional charges are pending amid an ongoing investigation.
The girl was found in Lexington, nearly 1,000 miles as the crow flies from her home in Dallas.
The FBI received 365,348 missing child reports in 2020.
According to the background check company Screen & Reveal, 70% of kids in the US would accept a friend request no matter who sent it.
Up to 82% of child sex crimes in the US have started on social media.
Sheriff Simmons urged parents to be concerned about how their children use the Internet.