Mother and Teen Speak Out

By Julie Montanaro
February 16, 7:30 p.m.

New charges have been levied against a Tallahassee man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old in Texas.

"I'll never run away again with anyone I don't know very well, or run away period, and don't believe what people tell you online."

The 13-year-old girl says she went willingly, riding with 29-year-old Gil Cancel Comas to Tallahassee.

She says they chatted online almost daily for a year, and after a fight with her mother, running away with him sounded like a good idea. But a stop at a Pensacola motel changed that.

"He tried some stuff and after that, the next morning, he locked me in his room at his house, and I just didn't want to be there anymore. I didn't know what was going to happen to me."

When she heard that door lock, the teen said she knew it was time to go home.

Cancel Comas is now not only facing kidnapping charges in two states, but also new charges added Friday, charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and attempted lewd and lascivious battery. He'll stay behind bars until trial.

"She needed to come home and she did," her mother said. The mother says she has already unplugged their home computer and vows to get counseling. She's grateful for her daughter's life and a second chance.

"I just held her and was glad to be able to hold her again, because I honestly thought I'd never hold her again or get to see her. Thank God for miracles and the prayers that were out there."

Cancel Comas's attorney, Tim Jansen, says he was surprised by the new charges but not by the judge's decision to deny bond. That will all be sorted out in court in the weeks and months to come.