A 13-year-old girl from Florida was rescued from a 22-year-old man after they were found in a dark room of the All Suite Motel.
The Volusia Sheriff’s Office said that an officer searching for the Oak Hill girl’s whereabouts checked many different motels until he found her and Tyler Thompson of Orlando “in a dark room.”
Police said that when Deputy Royce James entered the motel room, the teen immediately “ran into his arms and gave him a hug.”
Video from the encounter shows the deputy confronting the half-naked predator who answered the door.
“How old are you?” the deputy asks Thompson but he did not answer.
The officer then asked the teen if she was hurt and she said that her stomach was hurting. Thompson was asked about his age again and he replied “22.”
“Oh you f***ed. You f***ed up real good,” the deputy said.
The teen’s worried grandmother reported her missing as she did not go to her basketball game after school and she never came home.
The officer then spoke with the girl’s friend who said that the teen was planning to go to a motel “with someone she met online.”
The sheriff’s office said in a statement: “The friend said she thought the man’s name started with a T, possibly Tyler, and that he was from Orlando. She said he may have picked up the victim at the Dollar General store in Oak Hill.”
Deputy James then went to the Dollar General to check the security video and found images of the teen at the store.
“James then started visiting area motels, showing the front desk clerks a photo of the missing girl and searching the day’s check-ins for a match,” authorities said.
After being rescued, the 13-year-old was taken to a hospital for a check-up and interview. The deputy then took her to a local Department of Children and Families facility for evaluation before driving her home.
Thompson was released after posting $15,000 bail.
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