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Man, 35, charged with alleged kidnapping

Lucas Murphy

A Los Lunas man is charged in Washington state after allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and taking her to his home in Valencia county.

Lucas Murphy, 35, was charged with aggravating circumstances (sexual motivation), attempted rape of a second degree child, and communicating with a minor over electronic communications on immoral grounds on December 22nd in the Superior Court of Benton County in Washington, according to court records.

Murphy has been sent to the Valencia County Detention Center awaiting extradition. Magistrate Miles Tafoya has set up a $ 1 million cash loan.

The Valencia County Sheriff’s office was contacted on December 22nd by the Kennewick, Washington Police Department about the abduction of a 13-year-old girl without imprisonment.

The Montana teenager was visiting friends in Kennewick for the vacation. Officials reported the girl, who had been missing for about 72 hours, and Murphy was in Los Lunas.

According to court records: Murphy picked the girl up in Washington on or about December 18th.

Washington investigators found Murphy had been in contact with the girl on social media for about six months prior to the abduction, VCSO Lt. Joseph Rowland in a press release. The teenager voluntarily left the state with Murphy to come to New Mexico, Washington police reported.

VCSO detectives, along with agents from the Albuquerque FBI Field Office, went to Murphy’s home on Don Pasqual’s 1300 block in Los Lunas on December 22nd.

When the officers tried to contact the front door, they heard people inside but refused to answer. The house was forcibly broken into, where Murphy and the girl were found together in a locked room. Murphy surrendered a short time later.

The girl was evacuated by medical staff who found no injuries and released to her parents as soon as they arrived from Montana, New Mexico.

The FBI’s Crimes Against Children Division has now opened federal proceedings on the matter.

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