Law Enforcement Arrests 23-Year Old In Kidnapping
POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
This whole scary ordeal began around Nine Tuesday night -- and 25 hours later -- Police, Texas Rangers, and FBI agents closed in on and arrested the man they believe kidnapped 4-year old, Lesley Perez.
After an amber alert was issued, it did not take law enforcement long before they nabbed the kidnapping suspect, and safely returned little Lesly back to her parents.
"This thing went together so fast and fortunately it went together good for the child."
4-year old lesley is home.
All thanks to a team effort between the FBI, Hidalgo Police, Sheriff deputies, and Texas Rangers.
Even the public played an important part.
"If it wasn't for some of the tips the Police Chief received on the tip line the case would not be solved."
After a day-long investigation, of going to door to door, John Johnson with the FBI says, DPS made the arrest late last night north of Mercedes on a farm, on Mile 11 and 1425.
Authorities arrested 23-year old, Carnival worker, Christian McMillan.
Police say he's the one, who drove up in his white truck, took the girl, from the field in front of her home, and sped off.
"This is one of those cases where the abductor was a complete stranger to this family."
Hidalgo Chief of Police, Vernon Rosser says in his thirty years with the department, he's never seen a case like this before.
Chief Rosser says, he's glad they can now put this kidnapping case to rest.
"I think people in the community would be very proud of how the agencies worked together," he says.
Now that all their hard day's work paid off, these missing child posters can now be taken down.
Authorities say, McMillan told police he was on drugs, when he took the girl.
They say, he has a prior sexual criminal history in California, where he was required to register as a sex offender for ten years, and he hasn't done so in two years.
McMillan was supposed to notify officials that he was leaving California.
Once he moved to Hidalgo County, he failed to register as a sex offender.
McMillan will be arraigned in Hidalgo, Friday afternoon.