Michael Steven Mora of Tamarac, Florida was arrested Sunday after he tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl, a police affidavit alleges. Luckily, the girl was unharmed in the purported incident. Mora, 25, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of attempted kidnapping and resisting arrest with violence. A judge ordered he be held without bond. It does not appear that Mora has hired a defense lawyer..
According to reports, the incident occurred at an apartment building near the intersection of Bailed and Rock Island Roads. The victim had recently taken a shopping cart back to the store and was walking home when Mora attempted to talk to her, reports say. At some point, Mora allegedly grabbed the girl by her arm and tried to pull her into his apartment. The fearful girl broke free, ran to her home, and told her mother what had happened, sources say.
Police arrived to the apartment building following the incident and attempted to speak to Mora, but Mora reportedly refused to exit his home. It is unclear what happened from that point; however, the charges against Mora suggest he may have been combative during his arrest.
Mora appeared in court following the incident and a Broward County Judge commented on the allegations, saying, “One would say, ‘Why would a 25-year-old man put his hands on a 13-year-old girl?’ It’s not like she was about to fall off the edge of the balcony and he was reaching out to save her. She’s walking along, minding her own business.”
According the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, nearly 800,000 children go missing every year in the United States. A study conducted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ranked Florida as the third highest state for missing person cases. In 2007 alone, for example, 62,000 missing person cases popped up in Florida. A spokesperson for NCMEC says this may be because Florida has a “year-round climate, and kids tend to be relatively more accessible” to potential predators in that kind of climate.
In similar news, three young boys that were reported missing on Monday were found on Tuesday, news sources report. Nicholas Lane, Damien Kelly, and Artistic Fletcher were found in the custody of Arthur Fletcher and Kirsten Kelly-Fletcher in Key West. The three children were reported missing after they disappeared from Kankakee, Illinois. It is unclear whether Kelly-Fletcher, 28, or Arthur Fletcher, 32, was charged with a crime.
According to reports, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert on Monday when they received word that three missing from Kankakee, Illinois children may be in the Key West area. Police said the children may be in the custody of Arthur and Kristen Fletcher, whose relation to the children is not yet clear.
Authorities canceled that alert on Tuesday when a FHP trooper stopped a vehicle driven by Kirsten Fletcher in Key West. Reports say the trooper found the two suspects and all three boys inside the vehicle. Police say they reported the finding to Illinois state police and later released Arthur and Kristen. Further details were not available.