LPD: Runaway girl sexually assaulted by stranger
Police said one witness reported seeing a young girl saying ‘Help me’ before entering a green car. In another instance, a witness said the 11-year-old entered a gas station saying she needed help and was being held against her will by an older man.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Police were contacted Saturday morning about a green car containing an 11-year-old girl saying ‘help me’ to a stranger at a gas station.
Police said an 11-year -old girl ran away from home around 9:30 Saturday morning and was enticed by 30-year-old Miguel Luperiso Jr. to enter his car, according to authorities.
Police said Luperiso Jr. sexually assaulted the girl, then drove her to several locations around Lincoln until letting her out of the vehicle several hours later.
Around noon, officers received multiple calls from residents in northeast Lincoln reporting suspicious activity. Police said one witness reported seeing a young girl saying ‘Help me’ before entering a green car. In another instance, a witness said the 11-year-old entered a gas station saying she needed help and was being held against her will by an older man.
Police said once the girl was let out of the vehicle, she called police where officers found her at the Supersaver off of Cornhusker highway Saturday afternoon.
Investigators requested help from Omaha Police where officers found Luperiso Jr. and his vehicle.
Authorities developed enough probable cause based on surveillance video and witness/victim statements and arrested Luperiso Jr., for 1st-degree sexual assault on a child and 1st-degree child enticement.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, you can anonymously report to the Nebraska Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.652.1999.