Hero cop speaks out after rescuing abducted teen girl

Body camera footage shows the moment Volusia County Sheriff's deputy Royce James discovered the missing 13-year-old girl in a Florida motel room with a man she met online.
3:18 | 02/23/21

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Back now with a dramatic rescue caught on camera. You see a sheriff's deputy track down a missing teen in a motel room with a man she met online. We're hearing from the hero deputy this morning and erielle reshef has the story, good morning, erielle. Reporter: Hey, good morning to you, George. We are following two heroic rescues in just the span of a week involving teens and now we are also seeing that stunning body camera video. Ooh. Where is this guy? I think this is him. Reporter: You're watching the dramatic moment a sheriff's deputy finds a missing 13-year-old girl, all caught on the teen in the corner of this video running into the arms of the officer desperately searching for her. What's up, sweetheart. Are you hurt at all? She noticed I was a deputy and she came running into my arms because she knew that she had been saved at that point. Reporter: The teen's grandmother reported her missing after she didn't come home from school on Thursday. A friend of the girl telling investigators she was planning to meet a 22-year-old she met online to go to a motel. How old are you? If I ask you that question again I'm going to lose my Mind. 22. Reporter: Volusia county sheriff's deputy Royce James went to motel after motel looking for the teen before finally finding her. Yes, I am. I found them. 10-4. How old is he? Too old. I was extremely angry. I have daughters and the thought of my daughter being in a situation got me extremely angry. Reporter: Police taking 22-year-old Tyler Thompson into custody charging him with interference with child custody and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child. Police say additional charges are pending. Deputy James telling ABC news despite being in law enforcement for nearly a decade, he found himself overwhelmed. At one point I did go back to my patrol car and cry. It was pretty emotional. Reporter: In North Carolina investigators say this man, 38-year-old William ice took a 14-year-old from her home after he communicated with the teen on her school issued computer. She was rescued by officers in Arkansas and the suspect took his own life. Police say he had been in contact with ten minors. Authorities warning parents to set controls on your child's electronics. There are sim things they can do to protect their kids. Talk to your kids about what apps they're using and get on those apps yourself. Learn how they operate, how you can friend somebody and what really goes on. How that communication works. Reporter: This morning that suspect is out on bond. His attorney declined to comment. George. Erielle, this is all happening as the center for missing and exploited children say they're seeing a spike in calls. Reporter: They received 16.9 million tips into that hotline but now this year during the pandemic, that has jumped about 98%. So, George, of course, experts are saying this is an example that even though our kids are home more often during the pandemic, we cannot let our guards down when it comes to who they are communicating with Wow, 98% increase. Okay, erielle, thanks very much.

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