Florida man pretended to be ‘Instagram famous’ to lure, rape Texas girl, police say

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Police have arrested a man who they said used Instagram to lure a Texas girl to his home in Florida.

The girl said she was then forced to stay there, but eventually escaped and called for help.

Edward Brown, 24, is in the Orange County Jail facing a host of charges including sexual battery on a 17-year-old girl and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The alleged victim told police Brown told her he was: “Instagram famous and he would be able to take care of (the victim),” who was reported missing out of San Antonio, Texas.

The arrest report also said Brown: “ordered an Uber from San Antonio all the way to his home in Apopka.”

WESH 2 News spoke with Zachary Russ, who said he’s Brown’s best friend.

“He’s not a rapist, man, he’s got a thing for young girls, but he’s got to wise up and make sure they’re 18,” Russ said.

The juvenile told police she had been at his house for three to four days and he allegedly forced her to have sex and he did drugs.

The house belongs to Brown’s parents:

The juvenile also told police that Brown wouldn’t let her leave, allegedly saying: “No, you owe me now for bringing you all the way out here.”

The girl told police she escaped through the front door when Brown fell asleep.

Investigators said Brown told them the two were, “only friends and nothing more,” and that they “never had any type of sexual contact, and that he does not consume any drugs.”

Officials said he showed police a receipt that he: “paid for an Uber from Louisiana to Apopka in the amount of $822.”

Brown is in jail under a $40,000 bond.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the case.

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