ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the 43-year-old who was “seen kissing” an 11-year-old girl on two weeks ago and who was reported missing Thursday afternoon and found safe, has been charged with sexual assault, according to a Facebook post from the ECSO.
According for an update from the ECSO Thursday afternoon at around 5:46 p.m., deputies detained Brijido Manriquez-Ortiz in Laredo, TX. The ECSO said, at the time, they believe “he still may face charges for sexual battery and capital sexual battery based on their relationship.” Deputies said they don’t believe Manriquez-Ortiz was with the girl when she “disappeared.”
The girl was safely located at around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, July 28 by herself in a stolen vehicle in Foley, according to the ECSO. Manriquez-Ortiz is being held in Laredo, TX. and will be moved back to Escambia County to “face charges,” according to the post.
“Brijido Manriquez-Ortiz is charged with having a wildly inappropriate and illegal relationship with the 11-year-old,” read the post.
The ECSO is working with the FBI on the continuing investigation.
“We were very concerned about her well-being [Thursday] morning. We are glad she is safe. This suspect is a danger to the victim and a danger to the community. He will return and face judgment for his pathetic and criminal actions,” said Sheriff Chip W. Simmons.