Teen Rescued After Using TikTok Gestures To Indicate She Was In Danger.
LAUREL COUNTY – Investigators rescued a missing North Carolina teenager and arrested the man who was with her during a traffic stop in Kentucky Thursday afternoon.
According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, a caller told 911 that the passenger in the silver Toyota in front of them on I-75 was making hand gestures that on TikTok are known to represent “violence in the car. home “,” I need help “and” domestic violence “.
As investigators headed to the scene, the caller followed behind the Toyota to report where they were going.
Investigators stopped the vehicle and learned that the parents of the 16-year-old passenger had disappeared from Asheville, North Carolina, on Tuesday.
Through investigation, they learned that the teenager traveled with the driver, James Herbert Brick, 61, from Cherokee, North Carolina, to Ohio, where Brick had relatives.
The incident report says that when family members realized the teen was a minor and reported him missing, Brick allegedly left Ohio with the girl and she tried to get passing drivers to call 911.
Agents say they found a photo of a young woman portrayed sexually on a phone in Brick’s possession.
Brick was charged with illegal incarceration and possession of material depicting the sexual performance of a minor. He was taken to the Laurel County Correctional Center.