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UPDATE: Girls abducted from Texas found safe, suspect in custody

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Lili Griffith, Lulu Bandera-Margret and Terry Miles are missing from Round Rock, Texas. Miles is a person of interest in the suspicious death of the girls' mother. Round Rock Police Lili Griffith, Lulu Bandera-Margret and Terry Miles are missing from Round Rock, Texas. Miles is a person of interest in the suspicious death of the girls' mother. Round Rock Police

Terry Allen Miles is in Colorado police custody after a nation-wide manhunt launched following the abduction of two girls and the death of their mother.

According to the Round Rock Police Department's Twitter page, the girls are safe and Miles was taken in to custody without incident.

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Terry Allen Miles has been a defendant in 20 criminal cases before the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office — most of them for violent crimes — but only five of those cases ever led to a prosecution.

Miles is a person of interest in the homicide of Tonya Bates and the abduction of her two daughters, 7-year-old Lulu Bandera-Margret and 14-year-old Lili Griffith, from Round Rock, Texas. He was last captured on surveillance video in Trinidad, Colorado, on Dec. 30.

Police Chief Allen Banks said on Wednesday Miles' extensive criminal history remains a "huge concern" as they work to bring the girls home safely.

A decade of violent arrests, few prosecutions

Miles pleaded guilty to domestic abuse battery in 2009, 2011 and 2015, to illegal possession of stolen things in 2015 and to simple battery in 2016, according to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office. But prosecutors have rejected to prosecute Miles for a number of violent crimes — like rape, attempted second-degree murder and more instances of battery — because they could no longer cooperate with the victim as a witness.

Prosecutors rejected five separate simple battery charges against Miles from 2015-16. Except for one case rejected because of "administrative reasons" that were not immediately clear on Wednesday, all of the cases were rejected because the victim would not cooperate.

Prosecutors in 2014 rejected a disturbing the peace by fighting charge for the same reason, as well as domestic abuse battery charges in 2010, 2007 and a forcible rape charge in 2007.

In a dismissed 2011 attempted murder case, Miles' wife accused him of beating her with a bat and hanging her by the neck with a bed sheet, according to police documents submitted into the court record. Prosecutors dismissed the case a year later, noting the victim was "not available." An obituary shows the woman died a month before the dismissal.

Other charges were rejected because of insufficient evidence or because Miles received convictions on other charges.

Prosecutors dismissed a child pornography charge when Miles pleaded guilty to third-offense domestic abuse battery and illegal possession of stolen things in 2015. Miles remains on probation through 2020 on that conviction, according to the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

DOC spokesperson Ken Pastorick said Miles had been abiding by the terms of his probation until they learned he'd left the state without a travel permit.

Pastorick said Miles had been under "medium" supervision, during which the probation officer visits the defendant once every three months, until May. He then was moved to "minimum" supervision, which requires visits every six months. Pastorick said DOC last visited him in August, and he would have been due for another visit by February.

"He was meeting the conditions of his probation. We didn't have any issues with him," Pastorick said.

Read the full list of cases here.

Miles a suspect in open rape, homicide cases in Sulphur

Miles also remains a primary suspect in two open cases out of Sulphur, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso told KPLC.

Those cases include the July 2014 homicide of Pamela Parker and an August 2015 third-degree rape.

Miles' rap sheet also shows a record violent criminal history in California that spans 1992-2002, with multiple arrests for domestic abuse and assault.

Mancuso told KPLC that Miles was on parole when he moved to Sulphur with his mother in 2006.

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