Texas Amber Alert girls found safe in Colorado; suspected kidnapper caught

Terry Miles 44

Officers reached out to Tonya's mother, who said that Tonya had two young girls and a roommate named Terry Allen Miles.

An AMBER alert was issued Monday for 14-year-old Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Bandera-magret.

Miles, 44, is a person of interest in the girls' mother's death. Federal authorities confirm Miles' mother received a text from one of the girls' phones Saturday, Dec. 30, but they have not confirmed it is the specific message Griffith has a photo of.

Round Rock police chief Allen Banks said the girls were located after a deputy in Las Animas County spotted Miles' gray 2007 Hyundai Accent after it had been described in the AMBER alert. Miles was found within hours of police releasing pictures from that video.

Two Round Rock police detectives flew out Thursday morning to conduct interviews.

When the officer attempted to pull Miles over, the suspect reportedly started driving erratically, causing the officer to wait for back up. The deputy called for backup and authorities initiated a 'high-risk traffic stop'.

Miles was taken into custody and the girls were taken to a hospital. Police said Griffith and Bandera-magret were inside the vehicle.

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Lili, 14, and her sister Lulu Bandera-Margret, 7, were found Wednesday night after a couple spotted the auto driven by the man believed to have abducted them, Terry Miles. Police discovered the body of 44-year-old Tonya Bates, during a welfare check. Authorities in Colorado say someone reported seeing the auto Miles was driving on campgrounds in the state. He's also being investigated for his role in Bates' death.

It remains unclear how Bates died, but police are calling the death suspicious.

Officials say Miles' criminal history is extensive, CBS Denver reports.

"I know that one of the arrests was porn involving a juvenile". Tony Mancuso, the sheriff of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana said Miles was arrested there at least seven times between 2006 and 2015.

He said there was still a lot of work to do in the investigation and many questions to be answered.

"I was just overwhelmed, I couldn't believe it", said Lili's father Greg Griffith, when he found out the girls were safe.

Investigators were able to track Lili's cell phone to a cellular tower in Lubbock, Texas on December 30, 2017, at 5:43 a.m. (CST).

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