Police: Man kidnapped, raped 9-year-old Port Orange girl

Man dropped girl off at police headquarters, authorities say

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - A man was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from her Port Orange home and raping her.

James Lee Maxwell was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of abduction and capital sexual battery.

Port Orange police said Maxwell dropped off the girl, who had been reported missing by her mother Friday morning, at the Port Orange Police Department late Friday morning, according to police.

Port Orange police said Maxwell had visited the girl's mother Thursday night at her home during a party, and the girl was last seen at 10 p.m. inside the house.

When the girl's mother went to check on her daughter Friday morning, she could not find her and contacted authorities, police said.

After learning that Maxwell had been at the home, police discovered that he did not arrive at his workplace Friday morning.

As investigators were about to issue an Amber Alert, Maxwell dropped the girl off at police headquarters and sped off, police said.

Maxwell was caught a short time later and taken into custody.

The girl was taken to a nearby medical facility for an evaluation.

An investigation is ongoing, and video from Local 6 helicopter Sky 6 showed police tape around a home on Brandy Hills Drive in Port Orange.  Police officers were outside the home and the roadway was blocked.

Maxwell served two years in prison for a 1988 attempted murder, state prison records show.  He also served time in prison for burglary, records show.

Maxwell went before a judge Saturday morning and was denied bond.

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