Arrest in human trafficking case, another on the run

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Today, Juan Manuel Valdez, was arraigned in a Hidalgo County Court.  He’s linked to the kidnapping, ransom, and alleged sexual assault of 15 year old girl.  Valdez was formally charged with trafficking of a child, and organizing in criminal activity.  This is a story we’ve continued to follow.  

In late May, 36-year-old Ricardo Mata was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping, along with a 17 year old, Briseyda Flores.  She’s been charged with trafficking of a child and organizing in criminal activity.

But tonight, the search continues for thirty-seven-year-old Erick Martinez Lopez.  He is wanted for sexually assaulting the 15-year old teenage girl.

If you have any information of the whereabouts of Erick Martinez Lopez, you’re asked to the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers hotline.

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