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Warrant: Abducted Md. girl was scared she'd be kidnapped

Posted November 18, 2014

— A 12-year-old girl who authorities say was abducted in Maryland and rescued in Raleigh three days later chatted online two weeks before her disappearance that she was scared "some guy" she had been chatting with would kidnap her if she didn't go live with him.

That's according to a search warrant released Tuesday in the case of Victor Yanez Arroyo, 32, who is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping in the sixth-grader's Nov. 11 disappearance.

Authorities say Arroyo took the girl as she left for school and then drove back with her to his home in Raleigh, where federal agents rescued her three days later by tracking her through her usage of her iPod Touch.

In an Xbox chat on Oct. 27, according to the search warrant affidavit, the child says she was thinking about running away with the man, but then changes her mind.

"im not going but babe im scared he said he was gonna kidnap me," according to a transcript of the chat, which is included in the warrant.

"ok and but he dosnt [sic] now where u live," the other user says.

"um vyea [sic] I told him where I live," the girl responds, adding that she doesn't want to tell her mother because she would get in trouble for chatting on the smartphone messenger app.

According to the warrant, neighbors reported seeing a blue pickup truck with a North Carolina license plate outside the girl's home 15 days after the chat, and the girl told police after she was found that Arroyo took her back to Raleigh in a blue Chevrolet pickup truck.

Authorities seized three cellphones, an iPod and bed clothing from Arroyo's home, at 3128 Greenbranch Lane.

He is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $1.6 million bond. In addition to rape and kidnapping charges in North Carolina, he's also been charged in Maryland with kidnapping and second-degree assault.

During a first court appearance Monday afternoon, he denied the charges.


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  • christinebbd Nov 18, 2014

    I hope this opens the eyes of parents everywhere. What is easier for you to deal with? Whining and complaints? Or would you rather deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, rape, and a lifetime of psychiatric care? Take your pick.

    Children will go behind your back when you least expect it. If your child has been caught once, their web access should be GONE until you control the apps/internet sites they can view. My son's computer had Family Safety installed by age 9, and we told it the websites he was allowed to visit. He had to ask to see a new page. If his friends had wide access to the web, he was banned from going to that friend's house.

    It's a tough job being a parent. Tell your child: "If I gave you a bag of cash with a million dollars in it, would you leave it at the mall and walk off? " Wait for their answer. Then tell them that's what they are worth to you. And it's your job to protect someone as valuable as they are.

  • diana123 Nov 18, 2014

    traced her through her ipod usage. boy, he sure was dumb.

  • MaxD Nov 18, 2014

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  • Steve Austin Nov 18, 2014
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    The real hero is Microsoft and Apple. If her ipod didn't have GPS/tracking on it and if Microsoft didn't record all xbox conversations, she could be dead by now. Bravo to the digital footprint for this easy conviction.

  • shellrocks2000 Nov 18, 2014

    parents must monitor their kids online activities. hope this guy gets the book thrown at him. thoughts and prayers to the victim.

  • Nan Toppin Nov 18, 2014
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    children are growing up too fast and don't understand the dangers of communicating to strangers online.

  • Ginger Lynn Nov 18, 2014
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    Yea since he was deported before and came back. Some details are missing here!

  • Rick Price Nov 18, 2014
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    WHY AREN'T HER "PARENTS" BEING CHARGED ? She has done this before according to national news outlets. Why are her parents letting a 12 year old with this history have access to the web ?

  • Naysayer Nov 18, 2014

    Other news outlets reporting immigration and customs are involved. Hopefully he gets some serious jail time here before being deported.

  • wlbbjb Nov 18, 2014

    It's called young and dumb. It sounds like this young girl unwittingly encouraged this man. It in no way excuses his behavior but parents everywhere need to wake up. There are a lot of kids too immature to be allowed this kind of access to the outside world.