- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A missing African spurred tortoise has led Brazoria County police to a man wanted for aggravated sexual assault against a child.

KPRC-TV (https://bit.ly/1DMmknX ) reports Stacey Swayze-Krampota’s 5-year-old tortoise, Gracie, went missing when she moved from Rosharon to Manvel a few weeks ago. Swayze-Krampota said she posted dozens of fliers for information before police say 34-year-old Joseph Urbino contacted her and demanded $1,000 for Gracie’s safe return.

On Tuesday, Gracie’s owner confronted Urbino at his home. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and when they ran Urbino’s license plate, they discovered he had two outstanding warrants for aggravated sexual assault against a child.

Urbino was arrested and Gracie was found stuffed inside a duffel bag inside a closet.

It was not immediately clear if Urbino has an attorney.


Information from: KPRC-TV, https://www.click2houston.com

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