Abducted Round Rock girls to return to Texas; suspect will be questioned
Left to right: Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith; Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Margret; Terry Miles.

By Andy Jechow, KXAN

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- (KXAN) -- Two girls abducted from Round Rock have been found safe in Colorado, according to Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks. Terry Miles, 44, is in federal custody in Denver as of Thursday morning. He was held in the El Paso County Jail for several hours before being transferred to federal agents,

The man accused of taking the girls, 44-year-old Terry Miles, was pulled over by a member of the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office around 7:30 p.m. mountain time near the town of Trinidad, Colorado, after the department was tipped that Miles was seen in the area.

When the deputy pulled behind the vehicle, Miles began driving erratically, Chief Banks said, leading the deputy to call for backup and initiate a “high-risk traffic stop.”

Miles was then taken into custody without incident. Banks said the two girls, 7-year-old Lulu Bandera-Margret and 14-year-old Lili Griffith, were found unharmed. They were taken to the hospital for a checkup.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Chief Banks said the tips they have received took his officers and federal agents to Trinidad, located just north of the New Mexico border. Video from an unnamed local business on Dec. 30 captured Miles, but the video did not show him with the two girls. Miles was found within hours of police releasing pictures from that video.

What we know about Terry Miles, man accused of abducting Round Rock girls

The day after Miles was caught on camera, the girls’ mother, Tonya Bates, 44, was found dead inside her home in Round Rock, in what is being investigated as a homicide. Miles is a person of interest in the homicide, police said.

Authorities have not released how she died, but a law enforcement agency in Louisiana told KXAN she was beaten to death, similar to another case Miles was connected to in that state.

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