Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine

Background

A 10-year-old young lady was abducted in New Iberia, Louisiana.

An Amber Alert was raised.

Two waste disposal workers, Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine noticed an unfamiliar car parked on a field.

The parked car matched the vehicle identified on the amber alert.

They called the police.

Police arrived a couple of minutes later.

 

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    • Sanitation workers find missing girl from Amber Alert; suspect arrested
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        • Hours after authorities announced a 10-year-old New Iberia girl was missing with an early morning Amber Alert that sounded on phones around the state, she was found by two sanitation workers, a New Iberia Police Department spokeswoman said.
        • Social media footage apparently shot by one of the workers shows police cruisers pull up and officers taking a man away from the scene. The car out in a field, off the road, matched the description of the car make and model from the Amber Alert.
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        • Soon after, sanitation workers Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine spotted a car matching that description parked in a field along their route.
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        • Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine recognized a car from an Amber Alert and took quick action — calling the police and blocking the vehicle with their truck — to rescue a 10-year-old girl who had been kidnapped.
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Stories

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2 sanitation workers save a 10-year-old girl who was reported kidnapped

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kidnapped 10 years old, saved by 2 sanitation workers on a pickup route

Two Louisiana sanitation workers are being hailed as heroes for saving a 10-year-old girl who had been abducted from a family member’s home.

The girl, Jalisa Lasalle, had gone missing from a family member’s New Iberia home Sunday between 1 and 2 p.m., according to the New Iberia Police Department. Investigators initially believed she was in “imminent danger,” and an Amber Alert detailing a gray 2012 Nissan Altima that Jalisa had last been seen getting into was issued in the middle of the night.

Pelican Waste & Debris workers Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine knew something was amiss when they spotted a silver sedan in the middle of a field about 20 miles away in St. Martin Parish while on their trash pickup route on Monday morning.

“Something told me … I said, what’s that car doing off in the field like that?” Merrick said in a video posted on Facebook Live.

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They then used the garbage truck to block the car from escaping and called the police, Merrick said.

“I blocked the truck in, [making] sure he couldn’t get out,” he said.

Pelican Waste & Debris worker Dion Merrick is seen in a Facebook Live video he posted on Sunday, February 8, 2021, after spotting a car detailed in an Amber Alert.

After a responding officer commended the men for their actions, Merrick began to tear up.

“She’s safe right now,” Merrick said, adding that he has a little girl of his own.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Dion and Brandon,” Matherne said in an email. “In fact, All of our Pelican Waste team have been heroically working without fail during the pandemic quietly, professionally, and consistently serving the communities where we collect garbage & debris. They often respond in other ways while on the road. This was an exceptional thing that may very well have saved a little girl’s [life].

Michael Sereal, 33, is charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child and failure to register as a sex offender.
In the video, suspect Michael Sereal, 33, can be seen being led away from the silver sedan by police. At one point, he can be heard shouting, “Why are you doing this to me?”

He is an acquaintance of one of the girl’s family members, ABC Lafayette, Louisiana, affiliate KATC reported.
Sereal, of New Iberia, is currently being held at the Iberia Parish Jail without bond on charges of aggravated kidnapping of a child and failure to register as a sex offender, according to online jail records. He is listed on the New Iberia sex offender database for a conviction of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

It is unclear whether Sereal has retained an attorney.

The child was evaluated by medical personnel after she was found, according to Louisiana State Police. A photo
shared on the sanitation company’s Facebook page following the rescue shows her posing next to Merrick and Antoine.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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