A Maryland man told federal investigators he had communicated online with a 12-year-old girl from Blue Springs over the past five months before allegedly picking her up early Sunday morning and setting off an AMBER Alert.
According to the Office of the U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Missouri, William Lee Dela Cruz, 22, of Maryland, has been charged with enticing a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.
The suspect's brother, Jason Dela-Cruz who was driving the vehicle, is still on the loose.
News4 has removed her name and photo because she is now a victim of a crime. He called 911. Then two customers at the Six North Cafe in the Wentzville Bluffs saw the two sitting outside on the patio.
"They actually arrived in the Wentzville area at some point during the middle of the night" said Wentzville Chief of Police, Kurt Frisz.
Authorities said Apple was found safe about 2:15 p.m.in the Wentzville area.
They also say this case is proof that the Amber Alert system works, as it helped them find the girl less than 24 hours after she vanished.
Police say the girl and DeLa Cruz met online and had been talking for some time.
Police say William DeLa Cruz and Jason DeLa Cruz travelled from Maryland to Blue Springs to meet the girl. The girl was taken to a hospital to be checked out and released to her father.