30-year-old man arrested for sexual assault, child enticement

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 30-year-old man is in custody for alleged sexual assault and child enticement after strangers reported seeing an 11-year-old they believed to be in danger.

Around noon that same day, officers received multiple calls from citizens reporting suspicious activity in northeast Lincoln. In one instance, officers say, a witness reported seeing a young female saying "Help me," before entering a vehicle.  

In another instance, the female reportedly entered a gas station saying she needed help and was being held against her will by an adult man. According to LPD, the girl reported that she had been threatened by the man who had sexually assaulted her. The girl left in a green vehicle with the man, according to reports. 

Less than an hour later, officers located the 11-year-old at the Super Saver at 2662 Cornhusker, after she called police around 12:45 p.m. She reported that after running away from home, she encountered a man she did not know. She said the man assaulted her and then drove around town to different locations.  

Eventually, authorities say, she was let out of the vehicle near Supersaver before calling police. The girl provided officers with a description of the man who she said assaulted her. A license plate number from the green 2000 Chevy Malibu was obtained from store video.  

Investigators requested assistance from Omaha Police to check the address of the registered owner of the vehicle involved which was in the 6000 block of Buckingham in Omaha. The vehicle arrived as officers were at the residence and they took 30-year-old Miguel Lupersio Jr. into custody around 5:30 p.m. 

Authorities say Lupersio was identified as the same man from the video and as described by witnesses and victim. Investigators arrested him for first-degree sexual assault of a child and child enticement.  

Authorities say that if you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, you can anonymously report to the Nebraska Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-652-1999.  Visit humantraffickinghotline.org for more information and what to look for.