According to an incident report and newly released body camera footage, a teenage girl was rescued from the clutches of a 22-year-old man who allegedly lured her into a Florida motel room for allegedly having sex.
A creepy 4 minute clip Released on monday The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office suggests Deputy Royce James was tracking the victim at the All Suites Motel in Edgewater.
The video shows the officer repeatedly asking the suspect, Tyler Thompson, about his age in a dark room.
“Sheriff’s Office – back up,” James tells a half-naked Thompson as he opens the door. “Have a seat on the couch.”
The apparently frightened girl, who did not return home from school on Thursday, then ran into James’ arms and hugged the deputy as he asked her if she was alright, the video shows.
“how old are you?” James asked the Orlando man, who ignored the question three times before answering that he was 22 years old. “Oh, you f-ked.” Yes, you are real good.
James then told a dispatcher that he had found the missing girl with a man who according to the footage was “too old” for her. The deputy located her after going to two other area motels following a report from her grandmother that she had not come home from school earlier that day.
A friend of the girl also told investigators that she had planned to go to a motel with a man she would meet online, saying the man’s name was possibly “Tyler”, who paid him a dollar in Oak Hill Could be picked up from shop, department official said.
James went to a Dollar General in search of security video and found footage of the victim. Officers said an employee said the girl was waiting for someone to pick her up, officials said.
The deputy then noticed that a guest had checked into the third motel, which he had seen in the name of Tyler Thompson, providing Orlando’s address. James then knocked on the door several times, before the suspect wears only shorts, footage shows.
“You sure you’re fine, sweetheart?” James asks the girl.
Thompson was arrested on charges of child custody and travel after using a computer to lure a child. Additional charges are also pending, sheriff officials said.
Authorities said he was released from the Volusia County Branch Jail late Friday evening after posting $ 15,000 bond. It is unclear whether he hired a lawyer who could speak on his behalf and immediate attempts to reach him by Monday afternoon were unsuccessful.
Thompson turned 23 on Thursday, jail records show.
Authorities said the girl, who was wearing only a T-shirt and underwear at the time, thanked James for saving her and said she could not believe she did not recognize Thompson as a “pedophile” , According to an incident report. Post.
“He looked great,” the young victim told James, adding that the pair had sex after meeting Thompson online.
The girl was subsequently medically evaluated and then taken home. A spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that Edgewater Police is now working with prosecutors.