Trenton and Chillicothe Police took a Chicago man into custody Friday night for alleged child enticement and kidnapping. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright:
Trenton Police were were investigating reports of a 13-year-old runaway when they found she had been in communication with 21-year-old Felix Lopez-Rivera, from the Chicago area. Their agency sent out alerts and Chillicothe Police were able to safely locate Felix Lopez Rivera and the child at a Chillicothe hotel.
Rivera has been charged with Statutory Sodomy and Statutory Rape in Livingston County. Charges against him in Grundy County are pending. Because he is in the country illegally, Rivera is being held without bond in the Grundy County jail.
Press Release from the Trenton Police Department
Chief Tommy Wright of the Trenton Police Department advises that the Trenton Police Department have a subject in custody for a child enticement and kidnapping.
On Friday, December 28th members of the Trenton Police Department were investigating what was initially reported as a runaway juvenile. During the subsequent investigation, officers determined that the 13 year old female had been corresponding by phone and computer with a 21 year old Mexican male from the Chicago Illinois area. Fearing that the male had responded to Trenton, officers acted quickly, notifying agencies surrounding Trenton of the information and requested help in checking area gas stations and motels. With the help of the Chillicothe Police, the suspect and juvenile victim were located in a Chillicothe motel. The juvenile, who will not be named, was taken to a Kansas City Area hospital for treatment. The suspect was taken to the Grundy County Jail.
The suspect, Feliciano (Felix) Lopez Rivera, is in custody at the Grundy County Jail and has been charged by Livingston County for two counts of sexual offenses with a minor. He is currently being held without bond and on a detainer from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Grundy County charges are pending.
Chief Wright applauds the quick actions of the officers and the dispatchers of the Trenton and Chillicothe Police Department. “Without such a quick response and a great working relationship between the two agencies, the outcome of this investigation could have been tragic”, said Chief Wright.
Chief Wright would like to remind parents to monitor their children’s internet and phone activity and to talk to your kids about the dangers of the world wide web.