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Neighbors: 'He Only Came Out When the Kids Came Out of School'

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Directly across the street from the home FBI agents searched Thursday, a "for sale" sign points to frustration.
"I moved out of here because of this," says neighbor Sandra Russell.
Russell and her sister Connie Torres are moving out because they say Jarred Harrell freaked them out.
"I knew he had a few loose screws that needed tightening up," Russell told First Coast News' Erich Spivey.
"I watched that house constantly because something just told me there's something not right with it," Torres said.
Police arrested Harrell Thursday at his new home in Meridian, Miss. He faces 29 child porn charges. He does not face any charges in connection with Somer Thompson's disappearance.
"We are also naming Harrell as a person of interest in the abduction and murder of Somer Thompson," Clay County sheriff Rick Beseler said Thursday.
The sisters started moving out weeks ago, and were greeted Friday with the stunning news.
"I was devastated. I freaked out. All my friends started calling me. This is your neighbor. He would sit outside about the time the kids would come home and he would wash his car," Russell said.
Added Torres: "He only came out when the kids came out of school.โ€ - First coast news

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MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Jarred Harrell will have to spend a long weekend in jail.
The 24-year-old was arrested yesterday for child pornography, but Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said he is a "person of interest" in the kidnapping and murder of Somer Thompson in Orange Park last October.
"I'm very upset that bad people are in a good town," said Lauderdale County (Miss.) Sheriff Billy Sollie.
Sollie added that the sheriff's department wasn't heavily involved in the case; they got a call from the FBI to arrest Harrell, and they did so.
Harrell's first appearance was scheduled for this morning, but severe winter weather in central Mississippi forced a delay.
Also, Monday is a federal holiday (President's Day), so court is not in session again until Tuesday.
Harrell used to live near the Thompsons, and his home was along the route used by Somer on her way home from school. He only moved to Mississippi recently.

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