Shelby County, Tenn. — A 19-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping after he was found riding around with a 13-year-old girl, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said that Tuesday evening Carlos Jose Barahona Garcia was riding down Riverdale Rd. when a Sheriff’s County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled him over, suspecting his vehicle to be tied to another incident where a 12-year-old girl was out with an adult man in a closed public park earlier that day.
When the deputy pulled him over, a 13-year-old girl was seen sitting in the back seat, according to an official affidavit.
Also reportedly found in Garcia’s car were Corona Extra beer bottles, an HP laptop, a possible bloody shirt and an airsoft rifle with multiple bebes bottles, authorities said.
The 13-year-old told the deputy that Garcia picked her and some male friends up to drive around. However, Garcia dropped the males off at home and continued driving around with the girl.
The affidavit states that the girl told Garcia that she wanted to go home but that he refused, saying he was taking her to McDonald’s instead.
Only Garcia reportedly didn’t stop at McDonald’s and continued driving further away from the girl’s home.
After Garcia was pulled over by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy, authorities said he claimed to be driving to the McDonald’s in Olive Branch, MS, but couldn’t give a reason for not stopping at one closer to the Southwind High School area where they were driving from.
The 13-year-old told the deputy that she was very fearful when Garcia continued to drive further away from her home and believed that he may have tried to perform sexual acts on her had he not been pulled over.
Authorities reported that Garcia admitted to lying about his age multiple times and that Garcia said he knew one of the girls he had encountered that evening were underaged.
Garcia has been charged with kidnapping, two counts of contributing to the dependency of a child, improper display of registration and no drivers license.
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