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UPDATE: Missing Girl Found In Anza Met Man Through PlayStation

Stephanie Brie Rodriguez, 12, met Ivan Felipe Cerda through a social networking site for PlayStation users, according to Whittier police Lt. Carlos Solorza.

A 12-year-old girl missing from Whittier who was found in Anza, outside Temecula, met the man she was with on a PlayStation social networking site, police said.

Stephanie Brie Rodriguez allegedly left her home with Ivan Felipe Cerda, who lives with his mother in Vista, on Friday afternoon.

He was driving his mother's Volkswagen Passat when he picked up the girl, police said.

The two had met on the site, then Cerda allegedly drove up to get Stephanie.

Whittier police Lt. Carlos Solorza said that Cerda would face a charge of depriving a parent of custodial rights, pending determination of whether there was any intimate contact between the suspect and the girl.

"We will also be returning her to Whittier," Solorza said.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A 12-year-old girl who ran away from her home near Los Angeles, allegedly with a 20-year-old man she met on the Internet, was found safe today in rural Anza, outside Temecula.

Stephanie Brie Rodriguez allegedly left her home with Ivan Felipe Cerda, who lives with his mother in Vista, on Friday afternoon.

Police in her hometown of Whittier said she was found at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Cerda was taken into custody, according to Whittier police.

"My understanding is that they were located at a park," said Whittier police Lt. Carlos Solorza.

 The lieutenant said that Cerda and the girl were attending a sporting event at the park for a Cerda family member and when they were spotted by a relative, sheriff's deputies were called.

Cerda's mother had called her family and warned them all that her son might show up somewhere with the girl and asked all her relatives to call authorities if any of them spotted the child, Solorza said.

"When they showed up at the park, the family member called police," Solorza said.

According to police, Stephanie left her home at 11500 Broadway Ave., about 2 pm. and was later picked up by the suspect and taken to his mother's home in Vista for a short time.

Cerda was driving his mother's Volkswagen Passat.

Cerda was being held at a sheriff's substation in Hemet -- as was the girl -- until detectives from Whittier could get there and interview them, the lieutenant said.

BK June 04, 2011 at 08:53 PM
The internet is such a dangerous place for kids to be. Many adults can't even handle it from time to time. I am just glad that this story didn't turn out in tragedy. Kudos to the mother who notified her family that her son may show up with this girl.
Patricia Morris June 04, 2011 at 10:49 PM
What I'd like to know is; How did Cerda's mother know that her son was meeting with a 12 year old? If Cerda showed up at home with the girl, why didn't his mother call the police instead of or in addition to calling her family? Where were they overnight on Friday? Why did Cerda's mom let him use her car? Hopefully, Stephanie wasn't hurt either physically or emotionally by this encounter. What were the circumstances at Stephanie's home that her parents didn't know what or where she was going? 12 just isn't very old. I realize kids can be sneaky & evasive about what is going on in their lives, but the freedom to roam about without some supervision seems risky in this day & age.
BK June 05, 2011 at 12:40 AM
I agree with you Patricia. I had the same questions about the mother initially, but then told myself that at least she did call someone to call someone if a certain scenario occurred. While her inactions could have certainly given more time for something more to happen, I'm just thankful that it did turn out for the better. Or so I think. Why did the girl run away? Her parents may not have known that she snuck out of the house. Parenting whether there are one or two parents in the house is still a daunting task. It is so easy to slip outside and meet someone somewhere. Some parents simply don't care, and while a vast majority of them do, it still happens to them. I don't know how it all went down. The guy's mother could have called the authorities. Once her son came home with this girl, mom could have gotten all over his case which in turn made him flee. Any number of scenarios could have occurred but she is safe and that to me is enough. For now!
Christina June 05, 2011 at 03:21 AM
I just don't understand why this people has to come all the way to are little town, were my kids were playing baseball and having fun. Is just not right. Thank God nthing else worse happend.
BK June 05, 2011 at 04:58 AM
I agree with you Christina. We have had a rash of out of the ordinary things happen in our little town of late. Small town, close knit, it doesn't matter. A criminal is a criminal is a criminal and they do not discrimenate where they strike. They hit the small towns just as they do the larger ones. They strike at the poor just as they do the rich. It simply doesn't matter to them. People stepping up and doing something about it instead of turning their heads every chance they get as if they didn't see what was happening is the key to curtailing this crap. I am not saying that they should physically get involved, but I don't know anyone who doesn't have a cell phone. For those who see something, why does it take a rewad to be offered before they go to the authorities? The list goes on and on. Our small town will be on the map pretty soon if this continues.
Maritza Rios June 05, 2011 at 02:47 PM
I agree with BK....as much as we can criticize the mother for not calling the police herself, perhaps she didn't so that her son wouldn't run...if she had, maybe he would've taken the girl & flee then no one would know where they were..obviously this guy felt comfortable to be around because of it. At least she informed those around her, in case he did show up nonchalantly, he wouldn't suspect police were on their way. She outsmarted him I think....
st June 06, 2011 at 03:04 AM
WEll i agree with all you but i do think its ridiculos that the family had them follow them to the hcr field with all the kids there to see...why not take it to ur own house or something not when the poor kids are trying to take pics and play their games...but its over with and i hope that guy learned his lesson on trying to hook up with young girls on line look at her picture definitely not 18
h.t June 06, 2011 at 04:37 AM
for some reason everyones leaving the part out where these two decided the only way out after the cops were called was romeo and juliet style and began cutting themselves with razor blades and there was a scuffle to remove a razor blade from his hand 7 razor baldes in total removed from the vehicle ambulance and fire truck were called in so my opion is it could have been done somewere else and a big cry for help from that little girl she needs server evaluation and help hopefully it doesnt go over looked and just sent home!
Da Widdo Stephy November 10, 2011 at 08:38 PM
okay all you people need to shut the fuck up<3 and mind your buisness who ever is writing on this need to get there facts straight!because its stupid af'!and umm who the fuck does "h.t"have the right to talk about me and say what should happen to me?!&& yes this is the girl stephine
stephine April 04, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Shut the F*ck up. he didnt retry and hook up with me. Get your sh*t straight before talking because your talking out of your ass right now. and how old do i look the? stupid http://tattedupbitches.tumblr.com/
stanz May 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
To "Da Widdo Stephy" I think what H.T. is trying to say is your messed up little head needs help and its a shame that obviously you didn't get any help by the sounds of how you talk. Your parents should never let you on the internet till your 18 and get you some serious counseling. I was there that day as well it was a sick horrible thing for young children to see i just hope none of them turn out to be as f*cked up as you! Get help sweetie and better your self no older man is going to help out your crazy thoughts...

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