Missing Texas girl, 15, rescued from Florida vacation home where she was held captive

Missing Texas girl, 15, is rescued from a Florida vacation home where she was being held by an armed thug after telling her parents she was going to church camp

  • The 15-year-old girl had told her parents she was going to Florida for “an all-inclusive church retreat” before boarding a plane to the Sunshine State
  • Vincent Joseph Robusto, 38, was arrested Friday when Florida officers found the teen in the vacation home he rented
  • Dilley police were first called by the teen’s concerned parents after they didn’t hear from her for ‘several days’
  • Delegates later contacted the camp she said she attended and found she had never registered and never attended church
  • The teen’s friends also later told police she was chatting with an elderly man on social media apps

A missing Texas girl has been rescued from a Florida vacation home where she was being held by an armed thug after telling her parents she was going to a church camp.

The 15-year-old girl had told her parents she was going to Florida for “an all-inclusive church retreat” before boarding a plane to the Sunshine State, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. press release.

Delegates contacted the camp she was going to and found that she had never registered and had never attended church. Friends of the teen also later told police that she was chatting with an elderly man on social media apps.

Dilley police were first called by the concerned parents of the teen after they hadn’t heard from her for “several days.” Texas police ping the teen’s cell phone to 18541 Ohara Drive in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Vincent Joseph Robusto, 38, was arrested Friday when Florida officers found the teen at the vacation home he rented.

Vincent Joseph Robusto, 38, was arrested Friday when Florida officers found the teen in the vacation home he rented

Vincent Joseph Robusto, 38, was arrested Friday when Florida officers found the teen in the vacation home he rented

Police later searched the VRBO vacation home and found eight ammunition in a semi-automatic pistol magazine

Police later searched the VRBO vacation home and found eight ammunition in a semi-automatic pistol magazine

Police later searched the VRBO vacation home and found eight ammunition in a semi-automatic pistol magazine

Dilley Police Chief Homer Delgado praised Florida agencies for helping get girl home

Dilley Police Chief Homer Delgado praised Florida agencies for helping get girl home

Dilley Police Chief Homer Delgado praised Florida agencies for helping get girl home

When responding to the house, Charlotte County officers saw Robusto storm into a back room. He then refused to open the door or acknowledge the delegates.

The girl tried to open the door but was “stopped” by Robusto, who demanded that she remain quiet, police later learned.

The officers looked up the license plate number of the owner of a Buick parked in the driveway and contacted them.

The owner of the Buick then persuaded Robusto to come to the front door with the girl and he was arrested.

Police later searched the VRBO vacation home and found eight rounds of ammunition in a semi-automatic pistol magazine.

It was not immediately clear who owned the property, or Robusto’s relationship with the owner of the Buick.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for more information and additional comments.

The girl told police she got off the plane in Fort Myers and was walking down a local street when she met Robusto who took her to the house, officers said.

Robusto and the teen ate together before he allegedly gave her a vape pen with an unknown substance, she told police.

He has been charged with false detention of a person against their will, interfering in the custody of minors, weapons-related charges and giving drugs to a minor.

Robusto is being held in the Charlotte County Jail on a $325,000 bond.

The teen has since been reunited with her parents in Dilley, Texas.

Dilley Police Chief Homer Delgado praised the Florida agencies for helping the girl get home.

“Great work Officers, your commitment to the safety of our community knows no bounds!” He wrote.

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