Two sanitation workers in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, helped police find a missing 10-year-old girl on Monday after an Amber Alert was issued for her, according to The Advocate.
The New Iberia Police Department arrested 33-year-old Michael R. Sereal, a registered sex offender, after Dion Merrick and another sanitation worker said they saw him in a grey car in a field with the 10-year-old. Sereal has a 2006 carnal knowledge of a juvenile conviction on his record, according to The Advocate.
Merrick shared video of the arrest on Facebook.
“I had just seen this gray car parked in the field. That was the dude who had that little 10 year old. I just saved that little girl’s life, bruh. Thank God. They got him, now,” Merrick said.
“People that see stuff and don’t want to say anything — look. The car’s right there. The little girl’s safe right now. She’s safe right now. Thank God. I have a little girl,” Merrick added.
An Amber Alert was issued Sunday night after the 10-year-old went missing and some said they saw her get into a grey 2012 Nissan Altima with Sereal. The alert said the girl was at a family member’s house when she was taken.
Merrick’s video shows Sereal yelling at police as he’s arrested.
State Police told The Titusville Herald that the young girl is being evaluated by medical officials and Sereal knew her family.
Local police thanked Merrick and his co-worker for calling them.
Local news outlet WGNO later named the 10-year-old as Jalisa Lassalle. Sereal was arrested on the charge of aggravated kidnapping.