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Arrest in Panama City Abduction

A Louisiana man is now jailed and accused in the abduction and sexual battery of a 16-year-old Panama City Beach girl.

Ernie Paul Dugas was picked up Thursday in Acadia Parish, Louisiana.

Police in Texas believe Dugas stole a pickup truck at an accident scene leaving behind the car used in last Saturday's abduction.

Dugas is wanted for allegedly abducting a girl last Saturday morning from her aunt's mobile home in Panama City Beach. The girl says Dugas also sexually abused her. The girl was rescued Saturday night from a Texas Tourist Center rest stop on Interstate-10 near Orange.


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