Man charged in Amber Alert case

Amber Alert suspect makes first court appearance

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man who became the focus of nationwide Amber Alert after traveling to Albuquerque to pick up a 14-year-old girl has made his first appearance in court.

Robert Joseph Butler is accused of taking Lacey DeWent earlier this month with the intentions to having sex with her.

The two were found weeks later in Arkansas.

The Southwest Times reports that Butler has been charged in federal court in Fort Smith with transporting a minor to have sex.

Butler is currently awaiting extradition back to New Mexico. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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