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Md. kidnapping suspect from Raleigh now faces federal charge

Posted November 18, 2014

Victor Arroyo makes his first court appearance Nov. 17, 2014, in a Wake County courtroom.

— A man from Raleigh accused of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from Maryland now faces a federal charge in the week-old investigation.

The U.S. District Court in Baltimore issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Victor Yanez Arroyo, 32, on a charge of transportation of a minor in connection with the case involving the sixth-grader.

Authorities say was walking to school last Tuesday when Arroyo allegedly kidnapped her, drove her back to Raleigh in his blue Chevrolet pick-up truck and raped her.

According to Wake County Superior Court documents, the girl chatted online last month that she was scared "some guy" would kidnap her if she didn't go live with him.

Investigators traced the girl's Internet activity on her iPod Touch and found her at Arroyo's home Friday night.

The girl has since been reunited with her family near Baltimore.

Arroyo was being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $1.6 million bond on several charges, including first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

The federal arrest warrant orders that he be placed in federal custody "without unnecessary delay," but it was unclear Tuesday evening when that would take place.


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  • lessismore Nov 19, 2014

    The feds want him so they can deport him. He is a bad example.

  • Cheree Teasley Nov 19, 2014
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    I don't get it. "Now faces federal charges". I mean kidnapping, wherein you transport someone across state lines has been a felony for a very long time. If I recall correctly, it's an extra charge for each state line you cross. So, wasn't he arrested on federal charges? Or, was he booked on some other local charges?