Saturday, July 11, 2015
Mexican illegal immigrant crime: Authorities have located a missing 13-year-old Florida girl and arrested the man she was found with
The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Polk County, Florida authorities about the girl. Her name is not being released. She was thought to be with Aurelio Hernandez-Gomez. Polk County authorities had received information that the two might be in a Hartford Township residence. Deputies went to the home with Covert Township and Pokagon Tribal police. They found the girl and Hernandez-Gomez upon arrival. During the investigation it was discovered that he had sexually assaulted the 13-year-old. Deputies also reported that Hernandez-Gomez told them he entered the United States illegally and had come from Chiapas, Mexico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted. The suspect has been jailed Thursday and arraigned in a Van Buren County courtroom on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Bond was set at $150,000. He is expected back in court on July 15, 2015. He also faces felony charges out of Polk County for felony kidnapping and interference with child custody. He is expected to be extradited back to Florida at some point. Michigan Children's Protective Services took custody of the girl and is arranging to return her to her family in Florida. If you have any additional information about this incident, please contact the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, at 269-657-3101.