An American Airlines employee saved two young girls from getting on a plane to meet someone who authorities suspect is an online predator.
Denise Miracle, an American Airlines customer service agent, sensed that something did not seem right when two teenagers - aged 15 and 17 years, who have not been identified - came up to the ticket counter at Sacramento International Airport, California, where she was working on August 31.
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Neither girl was accompanied by an adult, and neither had identification, KTRK reported.
Miracle noticed the ticket from Sacramento to NY was purchased online, and the credit card had a different name.
Most likely Drey did not use his own photos and would not likely be prosecuted outside California, but thanks to the awareness of the American Airlines agent, the girls were headed home with their parents from the airport and not headed to NY on a flight. In this photo, American Airlines signage is seen near the ticket counter in its terminal at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 10, 2004.
He had offered them $US2000 (£1,425) to fly to NY for the weekend where he told them they would model and feature in music videos.
The police also found out that the girls had not informed their parents about their weekend getaway. Police told KOVR they had trouble believing the truth.
Without Denice Miracle, Police said the girls would have nearly certainly become victims. "And they said 'I wouldn't let anything happen that I didn't want.' And I said, well probably you wouldn't have a choice in the matter".
"I'm proud of Denice and how she put her training into action to save these children", said Aleka Turner, American Airlines' Sacramento International Airport general manger, in the release. The ticket agent called Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies, who soon learned the girls had been furnished the plane tickets by a man they met on Instagram.
She got a hold of Deputy Todd Sanderson, who shared that the two teens had called a man named "Drey" who they had been in contact with on Instagram.
"They had told us they were talking to somebody on Instagram who was asking them to come back and take pictures, modelling pictures, and music videos". It's unlikely the man will be prosecuted over the incident.
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