A sanitation worker who acted quickly led police to a missing 10-year-old girl from New Iberia, authorities said Monday morning.
The girl was found safe in St. Martin Parish on Monday morning, according to the New Iberia Police Department, and 33-year-old Michael R. Sereal of New Iberia has been taken into custody related to her disappearance.
Sereal is a registered sex offender, according to a listing on Iberia Parish's registry. He was convicted in 2006 of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
She is being evaluated by medical personnel.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert for her Sunday night, saying they believed she was in imminent danger after she was seen getting into a sedan with Sereal.
The alert was issued statewide at 11:25 p.m. Sunday by Louisiana State Police.
Dion Merrick, a sanitation worker, shared a Facebook video Monday morning from the scene in St. Martin Parish. He says he noticed the gray sedan parked in a field and recognized it from the Amber Alert.
Law enforcement officials can be seen in the video, surrounding the car and taking a man into custody.
"People act like they see stuff but they don't want to say nothing. But she's safe now. Thank God man, because I got a little girl. I'm on my job doing what I got to do," Merrick said.
The girl is being evaluated by medical personnel, authorities said.
Sereal is being held without bond in the Iberia Parish jail on a charge of aggravated kidnapping of a child and failure to register as a sex offender,
The investigation is ongoing, authorities said. Anyone with information is asked to call the New Iberia Police Department at 337-369-2306 or 911.
Staff writers Julia Guilbeau and Carlie Kollath Wells contributed to this story.