A 24-year-old illegal immigrant, Rodrigo Chagolla Ortega, was arrested Thursday night in connection with the disappearance of 13-year-old Amberly Nicole Flores.
Amberly was reported missing Tuesday from her home in Pelham, Alabama. She left her house in the morning to walk to the bus stop, but never arrived at school.
PLEASE RT: We need the public's assistance in locating Amberly Nicole Flores, age 13.
— Pelham Police Dept (@PelhamPoliceAL) January 22, 2020
When she was reported missing, her father, Alfredo Flores, told a local news station:
“She’s very good, a very good girl. This is the first time she go to school and not come back.”
Police secured surveillance footage of Amberly getting into the passenger seat of a black Mercedes SUV. Police updated the public with this information and said:
“After reviewing surveillance video near Green Park South, we can confirm that Amberly Flores willingly got into the dark SUV you see in this photo.”
NEW: Police find missing 13-year-old girl who "willingly" got into someone's car and never made it to school. https://t.co/fjAFXnV28u
— ABC News (@ABC) January 23, 2020
The Pelham Police Department issued an emergency alert for Amberly’s disappearance, and investigators were joined by the FBI and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in their search.
Investigators received several tips and leads throughout the days, and eventually traced Amberly to a home in Huntsville.
Police entered the residence and found Amberly safe- with Ortega.
The Pelham Police Department issued a statement on social media:
“(Amberly) Flores was checked out at a local hospital in north Alabama, and she is doing okay. Once she has been reunited with her family, we will meet with her to learn more about what happened over the last couple of days.”
WATCH: Police Chief Pat Cheatwood announces Amberly Flores has been found and is safe.
There is still much we don't know right now. Once we have talked with her, we will release additional details, if warranted.
— Pelham Police Dept (@PelhamPoliceAL) January 23, 2020
Police have said that Amberly met Ortega online, and he told her he was 19 years old.
Ortega is currently being charged by PPD with interference with child custody. He’s also being charged by MSCO with second-degree rape and enticing a child. MSCO said more charges, “numerous felonies,” are pending.
Ortega is being held on a $30,000 bond at Madison County Jail. Additionally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has requested a detainer be placed on him should he be released from custody.
BREAKING: Our detectives are obtaining a felony warrant for Interference with Custody against 24-year old Rodrigo Ortega.
— Pelham Police Dept (@PelhamPoliceAL) January 24, 2020
During a press conference, Madison County Sheriff Kevin turner said:
“We are happy that the victim can be reunited with her family, and that the man responsible has been brought to justice.
The tireless work by the FBI and the sheriff’s office investigators help bring this case to a close. This is yet another example of the importance of multi-jurisdictional partnerships.
I’d also like to thank ALEA who made the Amber Alert broadcast possible.”
Amberly’s mother, Heather Morrison, told reporters, “Right now it’s a feeling I’ve never felt in my life, to know that my daughter is alive. It’s something I’ll never take for granted again.”
Amberly had apparently been communicating with Ortega on the platform TikTok.
Chief Turner warned parents about the dangers of social media, saying:
“Parents, this is a warning for every one of us. We encourage parents to be mindful of what your kids are doing online and who they are talking to. These threats are real and do exist.”
These threats sure are real. Social media is a scary thing.
And so are the lax immigration laws for so many states.
Law Enforcement Today has been reporting on many examples of this.
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Last week, a middle school teacher, Rumah Byrapaka, who was teaching in Georgia on a student visa, molested a 13-year-old student.
The two were text messaging and sending messages on Instagram, and Byrapaka sent the teen nude photos as well as sexually explicit messages. The teacher also kissed and groped the student in a “small room” inside of the school.
Earlier this month, illegal alien, 21-year-old Reeaz Khan, raped and murdered a 92-year-old woman. Khan, a Guyana native, had entered the US on a tourist visa, and remained past the expiration date.
Khan reportedly strangled the woman on the sidewalk. He told police that the assault was a “misunderstanding.”
In July of 2018, Iowa resident Mollie Tibbets was stabbed to death while going for a jog by illegal alien Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who was working under a false social security number at a nearby dairy farm.
These are just a few of many, many examples. Several of our states are refusing to allow ICE to deport the criminal aliens by not holding them on requested detainers.
Sanctuary cities assist aliens from being checked out or deported, blatantly disregarding the safety of our own, legal citizens.
Oh, I do: Votes.
New York is paving the way for illegal immigrants obtaining a driver’s license to also be allowed to vote in United States elections.
We’ll see how long it takes for other states to follow in NY’s footsteps.
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