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    Kidnapped girl escapes captors, calls police

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    LUBBOCK, TX (CBS/KLBK) - New details are being released in the story of a 15-year-old girl who was missing in Amarillo and found in Lubbock Friday night.

    A McDonald's employee who let the girl borrow the phone that night is sharing his story as well as neighbors who say they never saw a girl at the house she claimed to be kept in.

    The employee says, "She walked in she looked kind of frightened and scared and she asked me if we had a phone. I gave her the phone and let her use it and it looked like she started crying and that she was scared and she sat down and talked on the phone."

    The teenager tells police she was kidnapped from Amarillo two months ago and had been held captive at a house about six blocks from the McDonalds. The employee says, "I went back to doing my job the next thing I know there were a bunch of cops and all of that I felt kind of scared though because I didn't know what was going on."

    The employee who did not want to go on camera or give his name says the girl was dirty when she walked in like she hadn't bathed in days. The employee says, "...and they started putting her in the ambulance and then I didn't see her anymore the rest of the night."

    Capt. Jonathan Caspell with Lubbock police says, "The initial investigation shows her to be credible in her claims and that we believe her to be the victim of multiple sexual assaults as well as kidnapping."

    Caspell says they have launched a full investigation and are holding two people in custody for questioning and have arrested a third man. He says, "At this time we have one person in custody on an unrelated warrant that person is probably going to end up being the adult male associated with this case."

    Police are not releasing any details on the victim or the men in custody. But they say there are a lot of questions that still need answers. Caspell says, "We are investigating that if she came here willingly or if that was part of the kidnapping. We believe she may have crawled out of a window to escape the house we are still trying to establish that through the investigation."

    The girl told police there might also be a second victim. Caspell says, "We are still looking for possibly one more she had reported that there was another girl here that she has not seen in the past couple of days we are actively searching for this girl right now."

    Neighbors say they are all terrified of their neighbor and did not want to do an on-camera interview for fear of retaliation, but they all said they had not seen a girl at the house.

    They say they do see a lot of traffic going in and out at all hours of the day and night. And when SWAT showed up Saturday they thought the men were being arrested for drugs.

    As of Monday, July 22nd, further investigation shows the following, "While the victim is still believed to be the victim of multiple sexual assaults and related criminal charges are still forthcoming, charges related to kidnapping no longer apply.

    "The juvenile female is believed to be the only victim in this case. There are no further searches underway for additional victims. The victim has since been released to the custody of her family in Amarillo.

    "No arrests or formal charges have been announced, and Juvenile Detectives are conducting an on-going investigation at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available."

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