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Raleigh man faces charges linked to Maryland girl's kidnapping

Posted November 17, 2014

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— A Raleigh man accused of abducting a 12-year-old girl from Maryland made his first appearance Monday afternoon in a Wake County courtroom on kidnapping and first-degree rape charges.

Victor Yanez Arroyo, 32, of 3128 Greenbranch Lane, was arrested early Saturday, three days after authorities say he took Jasmine Leighlin Baker while she was walking to the Baltimore middle school she attends.

Federal agents found the sixth-grader unharmed at a home in Raleigh late Friday night and arrested Arroyo, who was being held Monday under a $1.5 million bond and immigration detainer.

"I didn't do nothing," he said through an interpreter during his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

According to court records, Arroyo was a probation/parole absconder at the time of his arrest Saturday morning. He was convicted in 2007 of assault on a female.

Investigators said they believe the girl had communicated with Arroyo and were able to track her through her iPod and Xbox.

Tina Baker said her daughter did not know Arroyo and believes she might have communicated with him while playing a video game on Xbox.

WRAL News typically does not identify victims of rape. Baker and her family, however, have spoken publicly in the media and said that they want people to know what happened and believe the only way they can move forward is by facing the truth head-on.

"We're comfortable with the fact that this is what's happened and now moving forward," Tina Baker said. "Like I told her, she needs to be strong in hopes that, during her healing process, we can find ways to help other people. The only way to do that is to hold your head up and deal with what has been dealt to you."


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  • ok_then Nov 18, 2014

    Probably illegal in the first place.. but besides that fact.. Lets bring back public hangings.. Either the trash WILL LEARN.. or we can just weed them out!!!

  • Ginger Lynn Nov 18, 2014
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    according to N&O "Arroyo also was charged with probation violation because the state had listed him as an absconder from probation that came with a suspended sentence for misdemeanor assault on a female in 2007.In addition to the state charges, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked Wake County jailers to hold Arroyo for at least 48 hours because records showed he had been deported from the U.S. and returned illegally."

  • Itsmyopinion67 Nov 18, 2014

    We will see much more of this when Obama grants all of the illegals amnesty.

  • euimport1 Nov 18, 2014

    she had her xbox with her? ipad? age 12 on her way to school ...?

  • MudLife Nov 18, 2014

    Maybe now her mother will watch her iPod and Xbox. Parents have to be involved in their child's life. There's too much crazy and social media out there that parents have to watch their children and who they are interacting with.

  • babylaceycarpenter Nov 17, 2014

    Was she abducted or did she go willingly? We know that kids can make some really bad decisions.

  • stymieindurham Nov 17, 2014

    What is the most pressing question here?

  • Naysayer Nov 17, 2014

    Other sites are reporting that immigration officials are involved as well.

  • 678devilish Nov 17, 2014

    Did he actually have a sexual relationship with the 12 year old? If so that would be statutory rape.

  • Anne Walker Nov 17, 2014
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    I had the same question, then realized that, because she's 12, it may be considered statutory rape.

    Part of his defense may be that he did not know her age. I don't care how old she looks; he's 32, and she's too young. Period.