BATH, N.Y. (WUSA/Gannett) - Three Maryland men were charged Monday in Bath, accused of trying to take a 16-year-old Shortsville, N.Y., girl to Maryland after one of the men met her online.
The Ontario County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber alert at about 9:50 a.m. for the girl, who they thought went into an SUV with Maryland or Virginia license plates to go out of state. Police found a vehicle matching the description about 10 minutes after the alert was posted. They stopped the vehicle for an inspection on Interstate 86 in Bath.
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Police said they learned that the girl had met one of the men online and made plans to meet him.
The girl rode her school bus to school, then willingly got into the SUV with plans to go to Maryland, police said.
Police charged Travis M. Kuhne, 18, of Elkridge, Md.; Elliott M. Johnson, 18, of Columbia, Md.; and Djakarta J. Hall, 18, of Columbia, Md., with endangering the welfare of a child. Kuhne was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police said he had a switchblade knife.
The men were arraigned in Bath Town Court and sent to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
The 16-year-old girl, whom police did not identify, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. She was returned to Ontario County.
Reported & Written by Jason Whong, Star-Gazette