Man charged after Amber Alert canceled for 13-year-old Brazoria County girl


Brazoria County sheriff's deputies say Elizabeth Catherine Smith, 13, was reported missing on Tuesday, and an Amber Alert was issued. She was believed to have gone with a man she met online.

Deputies say Jose Ponce, 38, returned the girl safely to her aunt's house at about 2:30am.

After interviewing the girl, authorities charged Ponce with aggravated kidnapping and enticing a child with intent to commit a felony. Ponce was arrested at his place of employment on Houston's north side and taken to the Brazoria County Detention Center. He is being held on $350,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities suggest more charges may be likely.

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