Family worried after 13-year-old flees for Mexico with man, 25
by John Roach
jroach@mdjonline.com
March 20, 2012 01:20 AM | 6224 views | 13 13 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta police have secured a warrant for Felipe Martinez, 25, right, charging him with interference with child custody, after the parents of 13-year-old Yarely Vasquez, left, say she fled with him to Mexico. <br> Photo special to the MDJ
Marietta police have secured a warrant for Felipe Martinez, 25, right, charging him with interference with child custody, after the parents of 13-year-old Yarely Vasquez, left, say she fled with him to Mexico.
Photo special to the MDJ
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MARIETTA — A family friend said no one knows why 13-year-old Yarely Vasquez left with her 25-year-old boyfriend for Mexico on Friday.

Marietta police have secured a warrant for Felipe Martinez, 25, charging him with interference with child custody.

Vasquez was last seen Friday morning by her parents, who said she called them later that night and told them she was with Martinez, police said. Vasquez said she and Martinez were preparing to travel to Mexico, according to police.

The Vasquez family doesn’t know what happened after she got out of Marietta Middle School on Friday. While Vasquez and Martinez have cellphones, neither has answered repeated calls.

As of Monday, no one had reported seeing the two, nor does anyone know how they are travelling to Mexico, police said.

Vasquez’ father, Angel, isn’t even sure why they would go to Mexico. The Vasquez family is from Honduras and Martinez is from Brazil, said family friend Jesus Velacquec, a pastor at Iglesia Pentecostal Unida Hispana in Marietta. However, Angel Vasquez said he believes Martinez might have a brother in Mexico.

Yarely Vasquez met Felipe Martinez about six months ago through their church, Atlanta West Pentecostal Church in Lithia Springs, and have been in a relationship for about three or four months, Velacquec said. Despite the age difference, the couple has not kept their relationship a secret: Yarely Vasquez’s parents knew they were dating, and Martinez has her name tattooed on his arm.

Angel Vasquez said not only did Martinez attend the same church as Vasquez, he lives nearby.

Even though Martinez is charged in Yarely Vasquez’ disappearance, that’s only because the two disappeared the same day, Angel Vasquez said. However, police said that she told her family she was leaving for Mexico with Martinez, and Marietta Police spokesman Officer David Baldwin said he does not know why Angel Vasquez said he’s not sure if the two are together.

Police don’t believe Yarely Vasquez is in any danger from Martinez, but her parents are very worried about her, Baldwin said.

Vasquez is described as a Hispanic female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, white capri pants and brown shoes.

Martinez is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 145 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has tattoos on his upper arms and one on his left forearm that reads “Yarely.”

Anyone with information about the two is asked to call Det. Colin Berry at (770) 598-0586 or the Marietta Police Department Tip Line at (770) 794-6990.
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anonymous
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March 29, 2012
99 percent of the Hispanic's are illegal.

We made mistakes handing out food stamps and medicaid and free emergency room services and etc. Now they drive without licenses and insurance and break the laws on a daily basis. And our own people are left to do without because of illegals taking advantage of our goods and services. I have free speech and "Get Real" needs to Get Real.
Get Real
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March 28, 2012
Why is it when the MDJ uses the word "hispanic" to describe an individual, everyone assumes they must be illegal. The ignorance of MDJ readers really shows when they post comments. Unless it’s your 13 year old child, keep your judgments to yourself.
Brian30101
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March 27, 2012
"Relationship"...unless sex is involved, (gonna say it is), but unless it can be proven, then its not illegal..just really creepy.
ReadinComprehension
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March 25, 2012
"The Vasquez family is from Honduras and Martinez is from Brazil"... some of the last comments made reflect not just your ignorance, but your lack of reading comprehension. Wow.
yikes
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March 24, 2012
I am thinking his family must have money,so they looked the other way.
Pam J
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March 22, 2012
Huh. Mexicans that actually want to go back to Mexico willingly. What is this world coming to?
obamamama
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March 21, 2012
Oh well, let em go back to Mexico and take some more with them... they are all probably illegals, don't waste our time or manpower on this.
that driver
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March 20, 2012
This is very common in the hispanic community. Latin men like their females very young because they are innocent & easily dominated. What we consider pedophiles are thought of as macho men south of the border. Drive a school bus in Smyrna for a length of time & you'll see this.
anonymous
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March 20, 2012
She is a 13 year old child in middle school, he is a 25 year old man - 12 years older than her.

Her parents should be charged with accessory to this crime of rape and aiding and abetting such

relationship for SIX MONTHS. What about the law against under the age of 18, Statory Rape. I guess

the parents clain stupidity about that too. No matter how many churches they attend, you lay down with dogs, you end up with fleas.
special treatment
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March 21, 2012
No, the parents will get a free pass, don't ya know how it works? Surely you know illegals don't have to play by the same rules as Americans, while in our country!

,...and I agree w/ Smyrna bus driver comment. Not only that,.. come look at conditions in Smyrna! There are barrios at every turn. The city of Smyrna citizens must stay drunk, to be able to ignore these issues!!
SouthernGal
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March 20, 2012
Why on earth were her parents allowing her to date a 25 year old? He and the parents should be charged as a sex offenders!
Uncovering Cobb
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March 20, 2012
it's not a secret that a 25 year old and a 13 year old have a relationship???!!

where did any reasonable adult see this going?
SkipA
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March 20, 2012
Dumb parents! They should be charged with child abuse for letting their 13 year old have a 25 year old boyfriend. Maybe accessories to a statutory rape charge as well. Hard to have much sympathy for such stupid people.
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