PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — A 12-year-old girl trying to get home from school was attacked and raped by a Panama City man, according to court records.
The incident happened Friday but new details about the case came to light Wednesday. Jordan Orlando Estrada is charged with sexual battery, lewd and lascivious battery, and false imprisonment.
According to his arrest affidavit, Estrada was driving a blue sedan when he spotted the victim, got out of his car wearing a ski mask, and attacked her. After the attack, Estrada returned to his vehicle and left the area, the report states.
Detectives used evidence collected at the scene of the attack along with information from license plate readers to determine that the suspected vehicle in the attack belonged to Estrada, the arrest affidavit states. They then went to his home and spoke with his girlfriend.
She told them that they used an app on their phones to show their locations to one another. Police wrote that the app showed Estrada was in the same area of the incident at the time of the attack.
Estrada told police that while he was in the area he did not rape the girl. Estrada is currently being held in the Bay County Jail.
Panama City Police issued a statement in connection to this case Wednesday afternoon. The statement is below:
Following the incident last weekend, we would like to remind students and their parents of some general safety rules to follow:
Always be aware of your surroundings.
Travel in groups if possible.
Stay on well-travelled roads, no cut-throughs, alleys, or wooded areas.
Call your parents BEFORE you leave and AFTER you arrive at your destination.
Stay in well-lit areas.