APOPKA, Fla. — An Amber Alert helped lead to the arrest of a 50-year-old man accused of abducting his step-granddaughter in the middle of the night.

A motorist spotted the pair Sunday morning and flagged down one of dozens of deputies searching for the 11-year-old and her step-grandfather, Darrell Mills. Deputies immediately tracked them down after the tip.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Mills abducted the girl from her Apopka home just after 2 a.m. Authorities say she was found her more than eight hours later.

Authorities say they arrested Mills who is facing multiple felony charges including sexual battery on a child.


This story has been changed to remove the girl’s name because authorities say she is the victim of a sexual assault.

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