AMBER Alert canceled: Orange County investigators search for teen, suspect arrested
The Amber alert for a teenage girl out of Orange County has been canceled Friday, and her suspected abductor has been arrested. But investigators are still searching for the unknown teen.
The Florida Department of Law enforcement issued an AMBER Alert Friday for a girl who is approximately 16 years old.
Orange County deputies are still left with a lot of questions. They still do not know the girl’s identity, and they want to talk to her to make sure she wasn’t victimized in any way.
Surveillance video shows the teen with the man arrested for her possible abduction inside a convenience store.
The clerk told investigators he knew something wasn’t right, especially when the girl alerted him that she was a minor.
Video also shows the man yelling at the girl inside the store and later forcing her into his vehicle.
The teen was originally last seen in the 3200 block of South Goldenrod Road in Orlando, wearing a red baggy T-shirt with dark-colored pants.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office considered it a possible abduction. OCSO said a good Samaritan said the vehicle believed to be involved was spotted in Osceola County just after 2 p.m.
The suspect vehicle was said to have crashed into a retention pond off Rocket Boulevard in Orange County.
The suspect, identified as Alexander Roman Lopez, 44, fled the vehicle and was apprehended shortly thereafter. At this time he faces a charge for grand theft of a motor vehicle.
Orange County deputies don’t currently know how the girl got away from Lopez, but she was spotted in a second video. Investigators say that video was recorded before Lopez’s arrest.
Although the teen appeared to be safe, deputies can’t be certain without speaking with her first.
Anyone with more information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 866-858-7233.
UPDATE: The Florida AMBER Alert activated on August 14, 2020, for an unknown female has been resolved. For more information, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you for sharing! #FLAMBER
— FDLE (@fdlepio) August 15, 2020
Detectives are looking for this man who is suspected of possibly abducting the female earlier this morning. If you have seen them, or this Toyota RAV-4 (TAG: 504RXA) please call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/q9BlRLoFYQ
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) August 14, 2020