Dallas man accused in abduction of Maryland girl

February 15, 2010 4:22:31 AM PST
A Dallas man has been charged with kidnapping an 11-year-old girl from her family's home in Maryland and driving with her to Tennessee. Prince George's County police say the suspect, 41-year-old Elmer Zelaya, is an acquaintance of the victim's family.

Police say Karina Manzano-Garcia was reported missing Saturday from her Seat Pleasant home. Officers identified Zelaya as a suspect and issued an Amber Alert. Shortly thereafter, Zelaya was stopped and arrested by a Tennessee state trooper Saturday night at a truck stop in Madison County, Tenn. Karina was unharmed and was being returned to her family.

Zelaya has been charged in a warrant with abducting a child under 12 and is awaiting extradition from Tennessee.


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