A missing south Georgia teenager was found in Tallahassee Sunday night. Her three accused kidnappers are now behind bars in Florida and two more in Georgia.
Almost as soon as the Levi's Call went out, Georgia's equivalent of the Amber Alert, the Leon County Sheriff's Office got another plea to help in the search for 16-year-old Josephina Perez Gomez.
LT Bruce Gaines of the LCSO Violent Crimes Unit said, “We got a call from GBI requesting that we check our hotel areas here in Tallahassee, that the suspect may possibly be in route."
That's exactly where a Leon County deputy spotted the suspect's van at the Super 8 Motel on North Monroe. The van was allegedly stolen. Within minutes, three men walked out of the hotel with the 16-year-old at their side.
SGT Chris Chase with the Leon County Sheriff's Office said, “They were leaving as if though they were going to leave, so we're very fortunate we were able to catch them as they were coming out of the room with the child."
Investigators believe the three men, Salvodor Hernandez, Enrique Lopez and Perez Gomez, were headed west, out of state again. All three are facing kidnapping charges out of Leon County, with additional charges expected.
It was no doubt a terrifying night for the young girl, who Georgia investigators say was dragged out of her Cairo home, allegedly at the request of Hernandez, a man investigators say developed an infatuation with her she never wanted.
LT Bruce Gaines said, “Considering what the girl had been through over the past 38 hours, she was in good health, in good spirits, she was taken to a medical facility and examined for precautionary reasons."
The girl was reunited with her family and her three kidnappers will sleep behind bars Monday night.
The three men are also facing kidnapping charges out of south Georgia. Apparently Salvador Hernandez was out on bond in Grady County with a weapons charge. His first appearance is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
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