Emanuel José Cartagena Wiki – Bio
Emanuel José Cartagena, 33, allegedly met the 15-year-old victim outside the American Airlines Center on April 8, 2022, and then lured her to a home in the city, where he sexually assaulted her.
Nine months after the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl from a Dallas Mavericks game, authorities have arrested her man on charges of kidnapping and sex trafficking her. On January 26, Emanuel José Cartagena, 33, was detained by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force on an outstanding warrant for his felony sexual assault of a child, according to a news release from the Dallas Police Department. He was later booked into the Bell County Jail on Jan. 30, public jail records show.
It was not immediately clear if he pleaded guilty or hired an attorney to speak on his behalf. Cartagena allegedly met the 15-year-old victim outside the American Airlines Center on April 8, 2022, and then lured her to a house in the city, where he sexually assaulted her, police said in the statement. The girl’s parents, Kyle and Brooke Morris told CBS News the suspect struck up a conversation with his daughter as she went to the bathroom.
Emanuel José Cartagena is 33 years old.
The only lead authorities had at the time was grainy surveillance footage of a man in a yellow hoodie, CBS News reports, adding that the man has been identified as Cartagena. The victim was found 10 days later at an Oklahoma City hotel, where she had allegedly been drugged and sex trafficked, the Morrises said, according to the outlet.
The Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative, a nonprofit organization, also helped track down the teen after she posted an online ad soliciting sex, according to ESPN, which also reported how the girl went hungry and was not allowed to bathe. While there, investigators arrested three other suspects, Karen Gonzales, Sarah Hayes and Kenneth Nelson, on charges of human trafficking, conspiracy and computer crimes, Fox 4 reports. Two of them have pleaded guilty and are serving prison sentences, according to CBS.
It was not immediately clear which suspect is still awaiting trial. The Morrises expressed relief that a step toward justice has been taken, but acknowledged how difficult the trauma has been to deal with. With no arrests in Dallas in the nine months since she was sexually assaulted, it’s been agonizing for the victim and her parents,” her family’s attorney, Zeke Fortenberry, said in a statement obtained by CBS. We hope that the other suspects related to her sexual assault in Dallas will also be arrested in the near future.”
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