MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -- An Amber Alert for a South Texas girl has ended after a chase and crash north of Houston.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says a tip was received that a 13-year-old girl was spotted with 41-year-old Rudolfo Nuncio at the Flying J truck stop in New Caney.
When authorities arrived, the suspect allegedly rammed a U.S Marshal's vehicle and then got onto the highway heading northbound.
After a pursuit that lasted 25 miles, the suspect crashed into a trooper while swerving to avoid a spike strip.
No injuries were reported, and the suspect was taken into custody near the town of Shepherd.
Nuncio is facing a multitude of charges in both Montgomery and Hidalgo Counties. Charges include indecency with a child, aggravated assault on a public servant, enticing a child, evading in a motor vehicle and a federal parole violation.
It was Sunday night when the Amber Alert was first issued for the teen out of Donna, Texas. At the time police said the suspect's truck was last spotted between McAllen and Weslaco.
Held tight by her sister-in-law, the girl's mother is hopeful, but still heartbroken.
“I feel that my brother brainwashed her. He saw her vulnerable. He started making her believe that no one loved her. No one was every going to love her, only him," the girl's mother said.
“She was always just with herself, with her father or me. She would never go out anywhere," the mother said.
The two had been missing for almost a week. Captain Bryan Carlisle says they’re lucky.
“How do we act as safely as we can? How do we take them into custody with getting them or anyone else injured? Thankfully we were able to do that today," Capt. Carlisle said.
Now the mother is waiting for her daughter to come home, while her brother remains locked up in Montgomery County.
“It’s good news for us that she’s home and she’s safe. But in a way I'm heartbroken for my mother. She’s taking it real hard," the mother said.
Deputies say the girl is being kept at the Montgomery County Juvenile Center for her own safety. She could be taken back home as early as Tuesday night.
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