KINGMAN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Authorities in Surprise, Arizona found an Amber Alert victim Tuesday morning, who went missing in Idaho, and was believed to be in danger.

A 17-year-old girl was believed to have been kidnapped by 18-year-old Miguel Rodriguez-Perez from a Wendy's parking lot in Jerome County, Idaho, on Sunday, May 19, at around 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, police officials in Jerome cleared up some information about what led to the Amber Alert.

[WATCH: Police reveal new info on events prior to Amber Alert]

Jerome Police Chief Dan Hall says the victim's dad got worried on Sunday, May 19, when he learned that his daughter took a break from work, but never returned. 

Hall says one of his patrol officers took the missing person's report, and the girl was believed to be a runaway.

By Monday, a school resource officer familiar with the 17-year-old alerted detectives that she might be with her ex-boyfriend, and could be in danger. 

[WATCH: Amber Alert suspect behind bars in Phoenix jail]

Authorities in Arizona got involved after the suspect's phone was pinged in Kingman Monday night.

Officials said Rodriguez-Perez was driving a black Audi, which they tried to pull over in Surprise but the driver fled.

[VIDEO: Amber Alert victim found safe in Surprise]

Lt. Amy Sloane of Wickenburg police explained why officials didn't continue the high-speed chase with the suspect.

"It would take just a blink of an eye for things to go bad really, really fast," said Sloane. "As well as the other motorists on the road and the officers themselves. It's a delicate balance wanting to get that vehicle stopped, but doing it in a safe manner."

A driver followed the Amber Alert victim and called 911 when they saw the suspect's car.

"It began that communication relay of 'We believe they're in our area. We know which direction they're going, and let's think of every agency they could touch,'" said Sloane regarding the driver relaying the tip.

Police later found the abandoned car near the area of Grand Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Surprise with no signs of the suspect or victim.

[WATCH: Police on scene of Amber Alert suspect's abandoned car in Surprise]

Officials began canvassing the area for the suspect and victim. Four police department agencies assisted in the search including Surprise, Goodyear, Peoria and Wickenburg, along with DPS and MCSO officials.

The victim and Rodriguez-Perez were located just before 1 a.m. near Bell Road and Cotton Lane.

Police said the 17-year-old appeared unharmed.

Rodriguez-Perez surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody by police.  

[VIDEO: Vehicle found in Amber Alert in Surprise, police searching for suspect, girl]

Officers said there is a past history of domestic violence between the suspect and victim, and there is a No Contact order in effect against Perez.

Rodriguez-Perez was booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue jail on an outstanding felony warrant that was issued out of Idaho. 

The warrant stemmed from the incident which prompted the Amber Alert. 

Rodriguez-Perez made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday afternoon. He is being held on a $1 million cash bond.

[VIDEO: Rodriguez-Perez makes first court appearance Tuesday]

The victim was placed into Department of Child Safety custody and is awaiting return to her family.

The FBI has joined the investigation. The investigation remains ongoing.

 


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