Authorities in Arizona say a man is behind bars on suspicion of abducting a 17-year-old girl from an Idaho fast-food restaurant earlier this week.
According to the Arizona Republic, 18-year-old Miguel Rodriguez-Perez and Sandra Rios-Chavez, the girl he is accused of kidnapping, were reportedly identified by police in Surprise, Arizona, late Monday.
Rodriguez-Perez is accused of attempting to flee police during a traffic stop that evening.
Officers reportedly attempted to stop the 2015 Audi that matched a description included in the AMBER Alert issued upon Rios-Chavez’s disappearance from her job at a Wendy’s in Jerome, Idaho, two days earlier.
— AMBER Alert (@AMBERAlert) May 21, 2019
“The vehicle fled and was located a short distance away, abandoned,” said Surprise Police Sgt. Tim Klarkowski.
After several hours of searching, police say the teen suspect and victim were located in the area, as reported by KTVB.
The suspect reportedly has ties to the Surprise area and his cellphone registered in nearby Kingman on Monday, police say.
Reports indicate Rodriguez-Perez is named in an order of protection granted to the alleged victim. Authorities have alleged that he acted in a threatening way toward the teen.
Officials say Rios-Chavez did not appear to be physically harmed when she was found with her suspected captor. As of the latest updates available, she had not yet been reunited with relatives.
Police say the investigation is still ongoing and Rodriguez-Perez remained in custody as of the most recent report.
[Featured image: Miguel Rodriguez-Perez, Arizona Department of Transportation]