August 26, 2008

Local Girl Kidnapped, Found in Arkansas

Posted: Aug 26, 2008 08:41 PM CDT

By Brian Collins

MARLIN- A 13-year-old girl is back with her family after she was kidnapped Sunday evening by an illegal immigrant.

Marlin Police said Jesus Diaz-Lopez convinced the girl to get in his car before traveling to North Carolina Sunday evening.

The girl was found Monday around 8:30 p.m. in Berryville, Ark. with Diaz. He has been charged with sexual assault of a child and kidnapping. Police also say Diaz, who is between the ages of 18 and 26, could also be face charges of taking a minor across state lines.

Diaz is being held in the Carroll County Jail with a federal immigration hold. He will be tried in Falls County, Texas.

Police say Diaz began approaching the girl when she was 12. Her father had told him to stay away from her on at least one occasion.

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