FBI arrests N.O. man for kidnapping 14-year-old Michigan girl _lowres

Jacob Chox

FBI agents arrested a man in Mid-City on Thursday for allegedly kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from Michigan and taking her to Houston.

FBI New Orleans Division spokesman Craig Betbeze said that Jacob Israel Chox, 21, was taken into custody around 8 a.m. on Thursday after a weeks-long surveillance operation. The arrest came as a result of an ongoing investigation involving the FBI, the NOPD, Michigan State Police and the Covert Township Police Department, of Michigan.

Covert Police Chief Joseph Allen said that Chox and another man lured the girl to a gas station in Michigan on Nov. 4 after phone and Facebook conversations. From there, said Allen, they drove her to Houston.

The girl was located in Houston in good condition on Wednesday and is being cared for by child protective services there, said Allen.

Authorities are still investigating why the girl was taken to Houston, said Allen, and more charges may be coming. Chox’s arrest in New Orleans was executed by the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, which the FBI says helps rescue victims of child exploitation and sex trafficking.

Chox, who Allen said was a New Orleans native, is being held in the Orleans Parish jail on the Michigan fugitive warrant.