Man arrested in Florida in connection with missing 14-year-old Harris County girl, the subject of Amber Alert

January 28, 2013 3:15:21 PM PST
Authorities say a 33-year-old man was arrested in Florida, in connection with a missing 14-year-old Harris County girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert.

Harris County deputies issued the Amber Alert last week for the 14-year-old girl last seen leaving her home with Jacob West, 33. Both had been missing since Tuesday afternoon.

Eyewitness News has learned that West was arrested in Fort Pierce, Florida, this morning by US Marshals, the FBI and local authorities. The girl was with him. She is now safe and in the custody of authorities.

Her parents pleaded for her safe return, saying she was romantically involved with West, a former trusted neighbor.

Authorities say West is now charged with sexual assault of a child. The Amber Alert has since been cancelled.

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