WHITTIER (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old Whittier girl who ran away Friday with a 20-year-old man she met on the Internet has been found safe and the man is in custody.

Whittier Police Lt. Carlos Solorza says the girl and Ivan Felipe Cerda were detained by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies near Anza late Saturday morning.

They are each being questioned by investigators.

Solorza says the girl appears to be in good physical condition.

The pair met via a social networking feature in the Sony Playstation Internet service.

Cerda was seen driving the girl away from her home Friday afternoon in his 2003 Volkswagen Passat. Police say they briefly stopped at Cerda’s mother’s home in Vista.

Solorza says it’s too early to determine whether Cerda might face charges.

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Comments (13)
  1. greg says:

    If true I suggest the police let the girls family and friends handle any “punishment that he receives, faster, cheaper and more of a message than in solitary for 90 days at county.

  2. Beth says:

    Let’s worry more about the young girl and her recovery…..

  3. Common sense says:

    Sad that love is blind. Really, 5’5 a few cheeseburgers from 300? Bet he must be worshipping any girl who pays him attention.

  4. Everyday Guy says:

    Chris Hansen of Dateline NBC wanted for questioning.

  5. John says:

    What a loser this guy is. He can’t get an adult woman, so he has to go and molest a child.

  6. The world is sick says:

    Parents need to be more vigilant as to what their children do on a computer. There is no reason a 12 year old girl should be on any social networking site. The world is full of predators that search for young girls AND boys. By watching “To Catch a Predator”, I would bet that the person that picked her up is some electrical engineer from India or Sri Lanka.

    1. Mikey says:

      If you read the first paragraph you would know that his name is Latino…not Indian.

    2. Beth says:

      To even think that a little 12 year old girl is some sick man’s sexual interest is disgusting. Her parents should have been monitoring her activities, and had conversations with her about child molesters. What’s with this sick man’s mother not noticing her 20 yr. old man-son was with a child? I fear for the children out there who do not have parents who openly tell their children of the horrible things that can happen to them if they come into contact with these SICK animals…..it truly is disgusting that child porn even exists, who would do that to children, it makes my heart cry. Protect your children from these animals.

  7. westcoast says:

    So where does the white guy who did the same thing twice belong?
    Desert Hot Springs Man, 22, Gets Probation For 2nd Sex Crime Involving Underage Girl

  8. "chemtrail monster" says:

    cut off his pee-pee !!! lol

  9. stephanie rodriguez says:

    IF ivan faces charges i should to IF he goes to jail for no damn reason i should go because he derseves not to be in jail but if he does i want to be in juvie

  10. stephanie rodriguez says:

    i think that its really stupid that you guys are saying this sh!t about someone you dont even know. i know ivan he doesnt do that sh!t. okay so you guys should be quiet .im not going to be all out rude but its so mucking stupid that you guys are talking sh!t he ISNT a molester he ISNT anything but a good person >MY HERO< oh ya its (STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ)

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