Sanitation workers help rescue kidnapped girl after spotting suspect’s vehicle along collection route

Jalisa lasalle had been missing from a family member’s home in New Iberia, Louisiana since early Sunday afternoon. It was believed she was in imminent danger.

An Amber Alert was issued Sunday night, asking the public to be on the lookout for a silver Nissan Altima.

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Posted by New Iberia Police Department on Sunday, February 7, 2021

Dion Merrick and Brandon Antonie, two waste management workers, were on their garbage collection route Monday morning when they spotted a car that looked exactly like the one in the Amber Alert.

“Once I noticed the silver Nissan, I backed up and blocked him in. I called 911 and they answered and said we have an officer minutes away. Before I could hang up the phone the officer was there,” Merrick said.

Merrick shared video of the car on Facebook.

Michael Sereal was arrested and taken into custody. The 33-year-old was charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child and failure to register as a sex offender.

Merrick was glad to have had a hand in rescuing Jalisa.

These are the guys that saved this little girl's life. They are employees of Pelican Waste & Debris, LLC . God was definitely working through these heroes!

Posted by Bobby Lemoine on Monday, February 8, 2021

“People act like they see stuff but they don’t want to say nothing. But she’s safe now. Thank God man, because I got a little girl. I’m on my job doing what I got to do,” he said.

No details were released about Jalisa’s condition except that she was safe.

The kidnapping is still under investigation, and the New Iberia Police Department asks anyone with information to contact them.

Thank you Dion and Brandon for speaking up when you spotted the car! You saved Jalisa’s life!

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