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LUGOFF, South Carolina (AP) -- Authorities early Sunday arrested a man they suspect kidnapped a 14-year-old girl who was able to send a cell phone text message to her mother, leading to her rescue from a booby-trapped bunker where she had been held for as long as 10 days.

Investigators arrested 37-year-old Vinson Filyaw on Interstate 20 in Richland County about 24 hours after rescuing the teenager, said Sheriff Steve McCaskill in neighboring Kershaw County.

Filyaw will be charged with kidnapping, possession of an incendiary device and impersonating an officer, he said.

He said more charges likely will follow after investigators interview the girl. Police are letting her rest but probably will talk to her Monday about the September 6 abduction and ordeal that followed, he said. (Watch how police caught up with Filyaw -- 2:23)

"The big relief was when we found [the missing girl] alive and well," McCaskill said. "But it is a great relief when you get criminal of this type out of society and behind bars."

The teenager was found by deputies about a mile from her home in a 15-foot deep hole in the side of a hill that was covered with plywood. The bunker had a hand-dug privy with toilet paper, a camp stove and shelves made with cut branches and canvas.

McCaskill said the girl appeared to be unharmed but was taken to Kershaw County Medical Center for evaluation.

The sheriff said the text message the girl sent to her mother Friday came from Filyaw's cell phone and deputies began looking for him Friday night.

Investigators used cell towers to determine a general location of the phone used to send the message. "That was the first break," McCaskill said.

McCaskill said the girl cried out as searchers approached the bunker where she was found.

"She was standing at the mouth of the bunker with the door open," sheriff's Capt. David Thomley told WLTX. He said the teenager was not tied up and was coherent.

"We're just glad that she's alive and she's safe and that she will be home with us," her aunt, Geraldine Williams, told WLTX-TV in Columbia. "She's a good girl. ... We never believed that she ran away."

Authorities never issued an Amber Alert after the girl went missing in this rural area about 10 miles east-northeast of Columbia. She was last seen getting off a school bus on September 6.

Police were tipped off to Filyaw's location Sunday after getting a call from a woman who said he tried to carjack her about 2 a.m. outside a pizza restaurant, authorities said.

Filyaw was on foot -- about five miles from his house -- carrying a pellet gun, a Taser and a long hunting knife when police captured him.

Filyaw gave up easily, McCaskill said, adding that he doesn't think the suspect had any help escaping.

"If he had help, he would have gotten much farther away," McCaskill said.

Investigators said Filyaw posed as a police officer when he met the girl, and she was walked around in the woods by her captor until she became disoriented. He used handmade grenades and a flare gun to threaten her while she was in the bunker, McCaskill said.

McCaskill told CNN that the bunker, which was protected by a booby-trap, was about 20 feet long with front and back doors.

"I'm 6'4" and I can stand up in it without any problem," McCaskill said. "He was able to cook in there. He had a little system set up to let the smoke out as he cooked and it was quite a bit of work he put into it."

Deputies had been searching for Filyaw, an unemployed construction worker, for months on an unrelated charge of criminal sexual conduct against a 12-year-old girl, McCaskill said.

Officers tried to arrest him at his home earlier this week, but he had an elaborate escape plan involving a tunnel dug from his bedroom to a shed, the sheriff said.

"When deputies came to serve the warrant, he was able to escape, going under the mattress, going under the trailer and hiding and eluding the arrest," McCaskill said.

This is the second case this year in South Carolina involving an abducted teenage girl taken to an underground hideout.

Kenneth Hinson of Hartsville is charged with kidnapping two 17-year-old girls March 14 and taking them to a closet-sized dungeon behind his home. Authorities said the girls freed themselves and walked to safety, and Hinson was captured after a four-day manhunt.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/09/17/text.message.rescue.ap/index.html

Pretty messed up, I didn't know this girl personally, but when she comes back it will be akward. I live in a very small town, so this has been the gossip for the last week. Also its weird that our small little town was recognized by CNN.
 

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tippmann666 said:
thats ****ed up. i remember when i was a kid, i always wanted a tunnel linking from my room to somewhere outside, but not for raping little girls.....
They would have been your age at the time no?
 

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So she was standing with the door open, coherent, and not tied up...

Just standing there?

That's ****ed up, I couldn't even imagine something like that happening to a friend or someone I knew.
 

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Thats crazy. Not just that he raped her but that he had secret tunnels and stuff. Very elaborate.

It reminds me of Nacho Libre

El Esqueleto "How'd you get here before me?"
Fat lady "Secret tunnels"
 

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So she was standing with the door open, coherent, and not tied up...

Just standing there?

That's ****ed up, I couldn't even imagine something like that happening to a friend or someone I knew.
yeah I was confused about that too. Then I read that apparently it was booby trapped or something.

Was this the girl you were talking about in that bulletin on myspace? Crazy.
 

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Saw 3?

But I don't know what kind of booby trap that would keep me from running but it would have to be a damn good one... and apparently this cave had a front and back... why not try the back door? im sure the rapist did.


BTW does anyone watch squidbillies? TheRapist -"Yeh I'm not really a Therapist everyone gets confused when they look at my sign...I didn't have enough space to put a space."
not the exact quote but something like it.
 

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ya I read somewhere that the guy told the girl if she tried escaping the booby traps would go off. They then mentioned how he made homemade grenades from empty prescription bottles and other household appliances.
 

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my moms gotten obsessed over the case. I don't know why, but every time i see her on the internet shes checking the news for the latest vids and stuff for this.
We then had an argument about how this guy was indeed ****ed up, but I didn't think he deserved a 70 year sentence, aka his life.
but thats for another thread.
 

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Ja289 said:
did you know the girl or anything?

p8ntballweird said:
Pretty messed up, I didn't know this girl personally, but when she comes back it will be akward. I live in a very small town, so this has been the gossip for the last week. Also its weird that our small little town was recognized by CNN.

thumup: :tup :hug:
 
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