Lubbock police probe teen abduction
Monday, July 22, 2013
ELUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Lubbock police are investigating a teenage runaway girl’s report that she was abducted, sexually assaulted and held captive in a house for the past six weeks.
Police Capt. Jon Caspell said the girl told officers she was abducted from Amarillo about two months ago, and on Friday crawled out a window of the Lubbock house where she’d been kept and fled to a McDonald’s restaurant, where she called police.
“We believe her to be credible in her claims and we believe her to be the victim of multiple sexual assaults as well as kidnapping,” Caspell said after a SWAT team served a search warrant Saturday at the home.
Three men surrendered without incident and were detained for questioning. Their names haven’t been released since they haven’t been arrested, though at least one of them had an outstanding warrant, Caspell said.
Authorities believed one of the three detained men brought the girl from Amarillo, about 120 miles to the north. Police said the girl either voluntarily accompanied the man or was abducted.
“Somehow she ended up at this house with the adult male and was held here against her will and was repeatedly sexually assaulted while being kidnapped here,” Caspell said. “We will be pursuing charges to the fullest extent, which we anticipate being aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault charges, maybe others as well.”
The girl, whose age was not disclosed, also told officers a second girl previously had been held captive at the house, which had cameras mounted on the outside.
“During the investigation we were able to gather some information that there may be more victims and may be more suspects inside the house and they might be armed,” Caspell said, explaining why a SWAT team was deployed.
Officers were trying to find the second girl, he said.
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