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Sacramento Man Arrested On Train In N.Y. After Seeing Teen Girl He Met Online

Associated Press

April 3, 2010

ROCHESTER, NY

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Police halted a train in upstate New York late Friday night to intercept a 22-year-old California man absconding with a 13-year-old Long Island girl he met on the Internet.

Authorities say John Vertrees, of Sacramento, Calif. was hauled off a western-bound Amtrak train in Rochester, N.Y. sometime after 11 p.m. and charged with unlawful imprisonment.

Police also took the girl into custody. She was reunited with her family Saturday morning.

Suffolk County police say Vertrees traveled to Rocky Point, N.Y. and climbed into the girl's bedroom window to spend a few hours with her on Wednesday.

The girl used the same window to slip out of her house at 4 a.m. Friday. Police say she left with Vertrees in a taxi.

It was unclear whether he had a lawyer.