HARVARD – A Texas man faces child abduction charges after he intended to bring a 15-year-old girl from unincorporated Harvard to his home in Houston, police said.
McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies responded about 1:30 p.m. Thursday to the 11000 block of Route 14 in unincorporated Harvard for a report of a missing girl, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Family members told deputies that a 15-year-old girl had left work to meet a man at Big Foot Inn, 11508 Route 14, Harvard.
The girl previously had been “interacting” with the same man, known only as “Frankie,” on social media, and he was driving up from Houston to see her, according to the release.
The girl left about 1 p.m. and had not been seen since.
Deputies began to investigate and determined that Francisco Tulul, 19, of Houston intended to bring the teen to Houston.
A statewide search began, and Illinois State Police found the girl with Tulul at 7:20 p.m. at a rest stop in Edwardsville.
Tulul was arrested and charged with child abduction. If convicted, he could face one to three years in prison. His bond was set at $20,000, and his next court date had not been determined Saturday afternoon.
A spokesperson for the McHenry County Jail said Tulul was not yet in the jail’s custody Saturday afternoon.