Update: The charges filed against Jose Guillermo de Angulo after this story ran were dropped by prosecutors on Sept. 10, 2015.
Jose Guillermo De Angulo met a 16-year-old Coral Gables girl on Instagram and persuaded her to go out with him several times before luring her to his apartment where they had sex, police say.
Now the 32-year-old is being sought, accused of unlawful sex with a minor. The girl admitted to police that she told the man she was 18.
Still, police can’t find De Angulo. So on Tuesday, a day after securing a warrant for his arrest, Coral Gables police released a photograph of the clean-shaven, dark-haired man, and asked the public to help capture him.
“He knew someone who knew her. Then he met with her, and a family member discovered it,” said interim Coral Gables police chief Ed Hudak.
Though the arrest warrant doesn’t say when De Angulo first met the teenager, it says the two exchanged messages and phone numbers on Instagram, a social networking site used to post pictures, then met several times at the Miami home of a friend of the girl’s.
At least five times, the girl told police, the three would venture out in De Angulo’s 2013 BMW M6 convertible.
The girl confided to police that the two had sexual intercourse at an apartment on Catalonia Avenue in Coral Gables on July 25, and that he returned her to her girlfriend’s Miami apartment the next morning.
But she also told police that when De Angulo asked her age, she said she was 18. When he remarked he was skeptical about her age, the warrant says “she did not respond and merely smiled at him. The subject laughed in response.”
She later identified De Angulo to police through a driver’s license photo. Miami-Dade court records show that in 2008 Angulo was placed on six years of probation for selling marijuana in Miami-Dade. He also received a “withhold of adjudication,” meaning the conviction did not technically appear on his criminal history.
Gables police went public about De Angulo’s arrest warrant on the same day as National Night Out, a yearly effort by police departments to meet with local Crime Watch groups and explain anti-drug and anti-crime efforts.
Police, worried about De Angulo and predators in general, released a series of steps to help keep children safe. Tops among them: keeping a computer in a visible place in the home, talking with children about posting pictures online, and telling children to never agree to meet someone they’ve met online in person.
“This can happen to anybody, anywhere,” Hudak said.
Miami Herald Staff Writer David Ovalle contributed to this report.