2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 UPDATE: (AP) – Authorities say an Alabama teenager has been accused of abducting another teenager from West Virginia and driving her to South Carolina.
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel cites a criminal complaint as saying 19-year-old Yashar King was arraigned on an abduction charge Wednesday in Wood County Magistrate Court in West Virginia.
The complaint says the Montgomery resident met the 14-year-old Jan. 26 at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Investigators say the girl’s mother contacted King, and he claimed he didn’t know her daughter’s age and said he’d bring her home from Kentucky.
Vienna police tracked her phone and discovered they were in South Carolina, where the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office found them.
King was jailed on a $300,000 bond Wednesday evening. It’s unclear if he has lawyer who could comment.
ORIGINAL STORY (WSPA) Deputies apprehended a kidnapping suspect wanted in West Virginia following a traffic stop in Duncan.
On Sunday night, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office was notified by West Virginia police that a kidnapping suspect and his victim may be traveling through the area.
Deputies spotted the suspect, identified as Yashar King, 18, of Montgomery, Ala., near Highway 290 and Interstate 85.
King was arrested after a traffic stop.
The 14-year-old victim was also taken into custody.
Deputies say the victim told them that she and King had communicated on Snapchat before meeting at a mall in West Virginia on Saturday, and had been traveling south ever since.
The girl’s mother arrived at the sheriff’s office here at 6:20 a.m. Monday to pick up her daughter.
King has waived extradition back to West Virginia.