Wreck ends chase, child's abduction

ARLINGTON TX USA — A man who police said abducted a 9-year-old girl was
arrested Wednesday morning after leading police on a chase through two
cities and crashing into a school bus in west Arlington.

Jeremiah Sexton, 22, of Springtown, was being held in the Grand Prairie
Jail. Bond had not been set early Tuesday afternoon.

Police believe Sexton took the girl from somewhere in east Arlington and
drove her to a Grand Prairie apartment complex parking lot in the 700
block of Great Southwest Parkway, where they say he assaulted her. No one
had reported the girl’s abduction, Arlington police spokeswoman Christy
Gilfour said.

Gilfour said Grand Prairie officer Oscar Garcia was patrolling the
parking lot when he noticed suspicious activity in a parked car involving
an adult man and a young girl. Once the suspect saw the officer, he drove
away with the child, Gilfour said.

Garcia pursued the suspect, who drove through Grand Prairie and into
Arlington running red lights and driving on the wrong side of the road,
Gilfour said. The pursuit ended when Sexton, driving west on Park Row
Drive, crashed into a van and a school bus heading to Bailey Junior High.

“The little girl jumped out of the car and ran to the officer,” Gilfour
said. “She was obviously shaken.”

A child on the school bus was treated for minor injuries. The girl who
was abducted was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center for
examination, Gilfour said.

Police are investigating whether Tuesday’s abduction and assault is
connected with the kidnapping and molestation of another girl five months
ago from the same side of town.

Copyright:Team AMBER alert

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