Hoffman Estates man charged with kidnapping 11-year-old Florida girl

Hoffman Estates man charged with kidnapping 11-year-old Florida girl

The child was found on Sunday after police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were able to track her down and find her in at a Holiday Inn in Georgia with 24-year-old John Peter Byrns, from Illinois, WESH 2 reports.

At around 4 p.m. Bibb Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by Resident Agent in Charge Andy Smith, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"In this case, this individual on the other end (was an) adult male who is a child sexual predator and that's all of our worst nightmares", police said.

Byrns and Alice were found shortly before 6 p.m.at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites near Macon, Georgia, deputies said.

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John Peter Byrns, 24, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., was arrested after authorities found him inside the hotel room with Johnson, Bibb County Sheriff's Office said. They had also talked on the phone.

Demings said the incident "should scare all of us".

Police said Byrns initially made contact with the girl through an online video game platform, where he posed as a young girl.

"Parents just really need to pay attention to what their kids are doing", said Clausen.

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"It could be a 12-year-old boy, or it could be a 30-year-old man", said Clausen.

Demings said the episode was a "cautionary tale" that should remind parents to monitor their children's online activity and be aware of who they are communicating with.

She encourages parents to check their children's phones, iPads, Facebook accounts, Instagram accounts, and really any device or social media outlet they could be using for communication.

Demings says Johnson was persuaded to leave her home in Orlando and meet with Byrns.

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