Itasca teen missing for several days found safe in Arlington; her girlfriend arrested

Domingo Ramirez Jr.
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A missing 15-year-old Itasca girl who had last been seen Friday night was found Wednesday morning in Arlington, according to the Arlington police chief.

Lori Johnson, 15, was found safe in Arlington after an Amber Alert. Her 18-year-old girlfriend was wanted for robbery and other charges, police said.
Lori Johnson, 15, was found safe in Arlington after an Amber Alert. Her 18-year-old girlfriend was wanted for robbery and other charges, police said.

Lori Johnson, 15, was safe and OK, Arlington Police Chief Al Jones said on Twitter Wednesday.

The police chief said the teen was found in the 1300 block of North Cooper Street in Arlington.

Arlington police went to that apartment complex shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on a tip from Itasca police.

Residents inside of an apartment refused to let police inside so officers forced their way into the unit, Arlington police said.

Johnson was found in a back bedroom along with her girlfriend, 18-year-old Joanna Barrientos. The teen was taken to the Arlington police station where she would be reunited with her father.

An Amber Alert issued for Johnson had noted that Johnson was in the company of her girlfriend, Barrientos, who had warrants for robbery and other charges pending, according to Itasca police.

Johnson, was last seen about 11 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of Beard Street in Itasca. The town is about 45 miles south of Fort Worth.

The alert described Johnson as an abducted child and said the suspect was her girlfriend, Barrientos.

Itasca police said Johnson was in danger because Barrientos has a propensity for violence, a history of running from police and active felony warrants.

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