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Man accused of kidnapping girl arrested in Azle after she runs into KFC for help

A man suspected of kidnapping a child he met on Snapchat was arrested Tuesday after the girl ran into a restaurant and asked for help, Azle police say.

Diamond Marquis Williams(Tarrant County Jail)
Diamond Marquis Williams
(Tarrant County Jail)

About 9:30 a.m., the man accused of taking the girl went into a pawn shop on Boyd Road, near Jacksboro Highway, and left her unattended in a vehicle. The girl went into the Kentucky Fried Chicken next door and told employees that she was being held against her will, police said.

“She was just shaking. She was a scared little girl,” KFC co-manager Shannon Cates told KXAS-TV (NBC5).

Cates and co-manager Lynci Cedillo comforted the girl, locked the doors and called the police, who arrived quickly.

Police detained 24-year-old Diamond Marquis Williams of Fort Worth without incident. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital for treatment of a minor self-inflicted wound and was being held Wednesday in the Tarrant County Jail.

The girl was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center to be evaluated and treated and has been reunited with her family.

Police said Williams met the child on the social media app Snapchat and said she was taken from her home in Fort Worth five days ago.

She hadn’t been listed as a runaway because Williams had reportedly forced her to tell her family that she was with friends and was ok, police said.

Williams has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child. His bail is set at $100,000.

Azle police thanked the KFC employees for keeping the girl safe and giving an accurate description of Williams to the 911 operator and officers.

“If he would have tried to come in he was messing with the two wrong mamas because these two mamas would have put him down,” Cates, a KFC co-manager, told NBC5. “I would have held him until the cops got here.”

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