Protective Dad Uses Facebook To Catch Potential Kidnapper

A protective dad in Washington used Facebook to catch a 30-year-old who planned to elope with his 15-year-old daughter.

The teenager’s mom posed as her daughter and talked to alleged kidnapper Jason D. Richards on Facebook. She persuaded him to meet her in an alley behind the house. The dad and a couple of his friends cornered Richards in the alley and held him down until the cops arrived.

Richards was charged with child rape and attempted kidnapping and his bond was set at $100,000.

The potential kidnapper met the 15-year-old girl through a Facebook dating application and exchanged hundreds of messages with her before meeting her on May 18. He told police that he knew she was underage but still had sex with her.

The two planned to elope and erase records of their online relationship so that the girl could run away and live with Richards. The 15-year-old even thought about changing her name and appearance.

The teenager’s parents found out about her relationship on June 7 and put a stop to it. They took her computer away and locked her Facebook account.

This isn’t the first time a parent has protected his child on Facebook. Earlier this month, a Florida woman found out a 23-year-old man was talking to her 11-year-old daughter on Facebook.

The mother called Michael Bradley and told him to stop speaking to her daughter. But the man continued to talk to her daughter and even asked her for a nude photo. That’s when the woman pretended to be her daughter and sent the man a photo of a girl in her bra she found in a Target ad.

Bradley sent her nude photos of himself and was charged with eight counts of “displaying obscene images to a minor and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.”

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