A missing girl from North Carolina has been found after a good samaritan called authorities in Kentucky on Thursday.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Herbert Brick age 61 of Cherokee, North Carolina on Thursday afternoon after a motorist recognized a hand gesture that’s popular on the social media platform, Tik Tok.
The arrest happened at the intersection of I–75 at KY 80 (Exit 41) after Laurel Sheriff’s investigators were dispatched by 911 to observe a silver-colored Toyota passenger car that was allegedly traveling through the construction area north of London, according to LCSO.
The motorist who called 911 was behind the vehicle and noticed a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform “Tik Tok” to represent violence at home – I need help – domestic violence.
Investigators say the motorist thought that the female child appeared to be in distress.
Deputies say the caller noted that the vehicle was being driven by a male subject and continued to follow the vehicle giving Laurel 911 dispatch updates on the suspect’s vehicle’s location.
Laurel Sheriff’s investigators positioned themselves at exit 41 at London to observe for the suspect vehicle and were advised by the complainant that the vehicle was exiting the interstate at exit 41.
As the suspect vehicle exited, Laurel Sheriff’s detectives and deputies conducted a traffic stop on the Toyota passenger car and started an investigation.
It was learned through the investigation that the female passenger was a reported missing juvenile – reported by her parents on Tuesday morning missing from Asheville, North Carolina.
Authorities say that a check through NCIC confirmed that she was a reported missing person.
The female juvenile told sheriff investigators that she was with Brick and traveled through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and into Ohio where the accused had relatives.
When the male subject’s relatives realized that the female in his custody was underage and reported missing, the Brick left Ohio traveling southbound and the female juvenile then began attempting to get motorists’ attention to call 911.
During the investigation deputies also located a phone in the accused possession that allegedly portrayed a juvenile female in a sexual manner.
James Herbert Brick was charged with unlawful imprisonment – first-degree; possession of matter sex performance by a minor over the age of 12 but under age 18.
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