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Mother travels to Harlingen to pick up daughter following reported kidnapping, sexual assault
MAGNOLIA, Texas - by KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com
Jennifer Black traveled to South Texas overnight to pick up her teenage daughter, who was allegedly kidnapped by a former family friend earlier in the week.
The mom said she had no way of getting to Harlingen and asked KHOU 11 Reporter Malini Basu for a ride. The trio picked up the girl at a police station early Thursday morning and then started their journey back to Houston.
"Just to see her and be able to talk to her, you know, is the best thing for us," said Black. "Just getting her out of the limelight, just to let her take a breather and realize that we do love her, and we have missed her -- we were not going to stop until we had her home."
Black's 14-year-old daughter disappeared on Monday as she went to check the mail, family members said.
"Everybody told me the last time they saw her was by the mailbox on a cell phone. How did she get the cell phone? I just took a cell phone from her. He had got her another cell phone," said Rochelle Laridon, the teen's aunt.
An Amber Alert was issued the next day after a former family friend allegedly called the family, taunting them about the girl's disappearance.
On Wednesday, detectives said they found the teenager with 51-year-old Randy Johnson at a trailer park home in Harlingen, where he used to live.
According to family, Johnson is a former co-worker of the girl's father, and he lived with the family as he underwent treatment for colon cancer. Johnson was later kicked out of the home, the family said.
Police were able to track down Johnson and the girl using cell phone signals.
The suspect is now in the Cameron County Jail on charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child.
This story comes to us through KFDM's media partnership with KHOU 11 News in Houston.