Authorities in Davie, Florida said a 36-year-old man arrested while trying to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex had duct tape, a loaded handgun, a hatchet, a machete, and a shovel in his car at the time of his arrest.
WTVJ-TV reported on Friday that Antonio Seisdedos was arrested on Thursday in a parking lot after police posing as the girl agreed to meet with him.
“My opinion is that we saved this girl’s life,” Capt. Dale Engle told WTVJ.
The girl told police she had already given the suspect oral sex. They reportedly met in February, at which point the suspect asked if they could exchange phone numbers after she told him she was 14. She also told police that, after their correspondence began, she sent Seisdedos nude pictures of herself.
The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported that the victim’s mother reported Seisdedos to police on April 4, after finding some of the suspect’s messages on the girl’s phone.
Seisdedos was charged with a lewd and lascivious act on a victim under 16; using a computer to solicit/lure/seduce a child and traveling to meet a child. During his initial court appearance on Friday, his attorney, Terry Conover, said the items were in the suspect’s vehicle because he is a “survival enthusiast and does camping trips.” He also described Seisdedos as a former U.S. Marine Corps member who was honorably discharged.
“There is no indication there was any violence or threat that was imminent,” Conover was quoted as saying. “The messages were sexual in nature, not that it was violent or anything along those lines.”
Judge John Hurley disagreed with Conover’s reasoning.
“One could draw the conclusion that perhaps the only witness to this crime would be the 14-year-old girl,” Hurley said. “And if she couldn’t testify on the defendant, it would be hard to prove a case on it.”
The suspect also appeared in court wearing a heavy bandage and with apparent cuts on his face. Authorities said those ocurred as a result of him resisting arrest.
Seisdedos was held on a $250,000 bond, with the added provision of GPS monitoring if he does raise enough money to be released.
Watch WTVJ’s report, as aired on Friday, below.