UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled After Girl Found, Suspect in Custody 2/26/14
UPDATE: 5:15 P.M.
The Amber Alert has been cancelled after Noemi Velazquez was found in Lubbock. A suspect is in custody. Here is the article from KTRE:
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges has confirmed the girl reported missing Monday night has been found safe in Lubbock and the suspect has been arrested.
A car matching the description mentioned in a Wednesday afternoon Amber Alert was found on the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock.
A vehicle matching the description, a silver 2004 Volkswagen Passat with Texas license plate DF7T507 was found at Texas Tech across from Covenant.
Bridges said Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz, 28, of Center, was found working at a job site on the Texas Tech campus. Shortly after he was taken into custody, authorities were able to track down the girl at a nearby motel room.
Noemi Velazquez, 15, was reported missing around 10 p.m. Monday, according to Bridges.
"The mother assumed at the time that she was in some extracurricular activity at the school, so later than evening around 8 p.m., and she couldn't find her daughter there," Bridges said.
Bridges said because Velazquez's family does not speak English, the sheriff's office had to communicate with them through an interpreter.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office worked with the FBI, Texas Department of Public Safety and law enforcement authorities in Lubbock, Texas to find the missing juvenile.
Velazquez, who also goes by "Mimi," was last seen leaving school in Nacogdoches that afternoon and is believed to be with Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz, 28, of Center. Bridges said they don't know if Velazquez went with Delacruz willingly. All they know at this time is that nothing is missing from her room that would indicate that she had packed for a trip, he said.
Delacruz will be charged with first-degree aggravated kidnapping, Bridges said.
"Delacruz is reported to be an illegal alien who may be a former police officer in Mexico," a press release stated. "Delacruz is not related to the family of the missing juvenile, but became friends with them for a couple of months. In December, the family and Delacruz had a falling out and have not been in contact with Delacruz since that time."
The press release stated that Delacruz works in Louisiana for some type of oil company and has been living in Center.
To read the rest of the article on KTRE's website:
AMBER ALERT - LUBBOCK, TX
Nomei Velazquez (15 years old)
2004 Volkswagen Passat, Silver
Texas license plate #DF7T507
THE NACOGDOCHES COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR NOMEI VELAZQUEZ, HISPANIC, FEMALE, 15 YEARS OLD, DOB , 4’ 11”, 120 LBS, BLACK HAIR, BROWN EYES WEARING GLASSES, A WHITE SHIRT, BLUE JEANS AND BLACK TENNIS SHOES. SHE IS CARRYING A BROWN PURSE.
POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR JUAN FABIAN ARENAS DELACRUZ, HISPANIC, MALE, 28 YEARS OLD, DOB, 5’6”, 180 LBS, BLACK HAIR, BROWN EYES WITH SOME FACIAL HAIR, IN CONNECTION WITH HER ABDUCTION.
THE SUSPECT IS DRIVING A SILVER, 2004, VOLKSWAGEN, PASSAT WITH A TX LICENSE PLATE NUMBER OF DF7T507. THE SUSPECT WAS LAST SEEN IN THE CITY OF LUBBOCK.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS BELIEVE THIS CHILD TO BE IN GRAVE OR IMMEDIATE DANGER.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ABDUCTION, CALL THE NACOGDOCHES COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT 936-560-7794