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Alleged Child Kidnapper Randy Johnson Says 'Come Get Me' To Parents Before Being Caught

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A kidnapped 14-year-old Texas girl with Down syndrome was found safe Wednesday after her alleged abductor taunted her parents to "come get me."

Elizabeth Rex of Magnolia, Texas, went missing Monday after she went outside to check the mail. Her parents said 51-year-old Randy Johnson is the man who took their daughter, according to My Fox Houston.

Johnson, an alleged homeless colon cancer patient, had stayed with the family until Rex's father, Patrick Rex, kicked him out. Rex's parents believed Johnson's coded conversations with Elizabeth indicated he acted inappropriately with her.

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"I mean we were literally listening to every conversation and it was in code,” Elizabeth's mother, Jennifer Black, told KHOU. "So once we decided what the codes were, it was like 'You have to go. You can't be here.'"

Her parents said their daughter, who has autism and Down syndrome, has the mental maturity level of a 5 or 6-year-old child.

Authorities put out an Amber Alert for Rex on Tuesday. When the family looked for their daughter, they found a phone number in her room.

When Patrick Rex called the number, Elizabeth answered. Johnson allegedly snatched the phone away from her.

"You'll never see Lizzy again," Johnson allegedly told Patrick Rex. "I've got her and where we are going you can't get across the checkpoint because you don't have an ID. Come get me."

"Not even ten minutes later he calls back and goes, ‘La-la-la-la,’" Patrick Rex said.

Investigators told Click 2 Houston that Rex and Johnson were found in a trailer park. Rex was taken to a hospital as a precaution, though authorities said she appears unharmed.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office took Johnson into custody on a kidnapping warrant.

"I know that she's got 50 million emotions going," Black told the station after learning her daughter had been found safe. "But to us, it's just important for us to bring her home. That's all that we want at this point and time."

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