Sheriff: Louisiana man abducted Monroe County girl

A 13-year-old girl disappeared Friday night in Monroe County. She was later found and is safe.

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 11:40 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2019 6:16 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A Louisiana man is accused of abducting a teenage girl from her home in Monroe County.

The 13-year-old girl had been last seen Friday night in the 41000 block of Highway 8 East.

The state issued an Endangered/Missing Child Alert on Saturday, and she was later found safe. 

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According to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, she was believed to be traveling with a man who was identified as “Ron.”

On Monday, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell confirmed the man, identified as Ronald Latiolais, was arrested in Gonzales, Louisiana.

Cantrell said that the a window screen was cut in the girls room and then Latiolais took her to Louisiana.

Latiolais, 23, was booked into the Ascension Parish jail Saturday evening.

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, he is charged with indecent behavior with juveniles, which is a felony.

According to Cantrell, it appears the two met over the internet. 

Latiolais faces the following charges in Monroe County: kidnapping and sexual assault of a minor. 

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