A 14-year-old Texas girl was miraculously found alive after a man kidnapped her while she was checking the mail.
51-year-old Randy Johnson allegedly took Elizabeth Rex, who has both autism and down syndrome, on Monday when the teen went outside to check the mail. Johnson, who is homeless and battling colon cancer, had previously been living at the Rex’s home before Elizabeth’s father Patrick kicked him out over suspicions of inappropriate behavior with the 14-year-old.
"I mean we were literally listening to every conversation and it was in code,” said Elizabeth’s mother Jennifer Black. "So once we decided what the codes were, it was like 'You have to go. You can't be here.'"
Johnson was not living with the family when the kidnapping took place, and by Tuesday, authorities issued an Amber Alert. Elizabeth’s parents initially searched through their home for the 14-year-old disabled girl and had no luck, but did stumble upon a phone number. When they called the phone number, Elizabeth answered, but almost right away, Johnson grabbed the phone away and taunted the girl’s parents.
"You'll never see Lizzy again," said Johnson to Patrick Rex during the phone call. "I've got her and where we are going you can't get across the checkpoint because you don't have an ID. Come get me."
Eventually, authorities were able to track down Johnson through his cell phone and take him into custody. The two were found in a trailer park, and the 14-year-old girl was reportedly unharmed.
"She is fine, she is a little scared, because no one is with her,” said Patrick Rex prior to reuniting with his daughter. “They asked us if we can head down there to pick her up.”
Johnson is currently being held on charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child.