Teen kidnapped in Vermont, taken to Canadian border: police – .

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Teen kidnapped in Vermont, taken to Canadian border: police – .


American who allegedly tried to bring 16-year-old girl to Canada against her will has been refused entry, turned away and taken into custody, Vermont state police said in a press release .

Police said the attempted kidnapping was stopped Thursday morning when 19-year-old Christopher Jesus Constanzo was turned back to the Canadian side of the border and ordered to return to the United States.

United States Customs and Border Protection officers then questioned two people in the car and a 16-year-old told them that she was being held against her will and had been sexually assaulted. indicated the police.

Constanzo has been taken into custody and is expected to face charges.

Vermont Police said in a Friday statement that the girl was kept in the trunk of a 2007 Toyota Camry for most of the trip from an unspecified area of ​​Connecticut, where the kidnapping allegedly took place, until ‘in Burlington, Vermont.

Police said Constanzo pulled up at a convenience store, let the girl out of the trunk and put her in the back seat before continuing to the Highgate Springs, Vermont border crossing. Police said at least one person could have witnessed this, and security said the store’s camera footage appeared to show the suspect at the counter.

However, no witnesses came forward, police said.

Local media reported that the suspect was refused entry to Canada because he did not have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

US Homeland Security Investigations is also investigating the incident.

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