HIDALGO COUNTY, TX (CBS 4 News) – Investigators have arrested a 36-year-old Mission man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office started investigating a possible kidnapping Monday near Mission.
“Sheriff’s Investigators were able to recover a 15-year-old female child, who advised she was forcefully being held by two individuals at the residence and had been sexually assaulted,” according to the criminal complaint.
Deputies detained Ricardo Mata, 36, of Mission and interviewed him at the Sheriff’s Office.
Mata told investigators “he had paid US Currency for the female, made arrangements for her transport to the location where she was being held, contacted her family demanding money for her release and had sexual intercourse with her,” according to the criminal complaint.
Mata was arraigned and charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony. His bond was set at $1 million.
Investigators are still searching for Erick Martinez Lopez who is suspected to be an accomplice.
Lopez held the teenager at a residence for Mata, according to a news release from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies followed Mata to the location, Lopez fled the scene.
Anyone with information leading to the arrest of Lopez is asked to contact Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at 956-668-8477.