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Mother tracks down predator on Facebook, acting as her daughter


GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - A mother's intuition and suspicions led police to make an arrest. Investigators say a central Kentucky woman helped them catch a man who they say was sending inappropriate Facebook messages to her young daughter.

Georgetown Police arrested Jose Garcia, 28, after they say the woman pretended to be her daughter on Facebook.

The family is already familiar with this 28-year-old man, so when the mother saw he was messaging her 14-year-old daughter, she immediately took matters into her own hands.

"Ain't no man going to come up in here and get with my 14-year-old daughter," said the girl's mother. "I don't care who you are."

It all started on Facebook, but police tell us Garcia didn't get too far, messaging the girl online.

"He messaged my daughter. She was still logged on her Facebook through my phone, and he thought he was talking to her when he was actually talking me," said the mother.

Getting a feel for the situation and relationship, she says she acted as her daughter and agreed to meet up with Garcia. The grandmother then took action, showing the messages to Georgetown Police before anything happened.

"The conversation had become sexual in nature, and there had apparently been a meeting arranged for later that evening at 3 a.m.," said Captain Robert Swanigan with Georgetown Police.

"In the morning, he come through the window, and he got a surprise," said the mother. "He found me and my brother Ralph."

Garcia tried to get away, but police were already on scene to catch him just as he was opening the girl's window. The mother tells us police were dressed in black and hid in the bushes ready to pounce. So the chase ended quickly with him in handcuffs at their street corner. But we are told Garcia put up a fight, and police had to use a stun gun on him.

"We're glad that we got a dang on child molester and pedophile off the street," said the girl's mother.

Police say it's a prime example of how parents should monitor their children online. In this case, they were able to catch a man, who they call a predator, before he acted.

"We just took it to see how far and how serious he was about a 14-year-old girl, and we played it to the end," said the girl's grandmother.

Garcia has been booked in the Scott County Detention Center. Police have charged him with attempted rape, unlawful transaction with a minor, disorderly conduct, fleeing and evading police, and resisting arrest.


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