George Torres, 19, was arrested and charged with kidnapping on Friday in New York
Police have taken a New York City kidnapping suspect into custody and cancelled an Amber Alert after a girl was found safe.
Staten Island resident George Torres, 19, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and child endangerment during an arraignment on Friday in upstate Washington County Court.
Shortly after his arrest police said Malayla M. Johnson, 12, had been found safe. She was last seen in New York City near the Staten Island Ferry but it is unclear where she was found.
‘My baby is ok. I never been more thankful in my life,’ Malaya’s father Jay Johnson wrote in an emotional Facebook post.
Malaya went missing after school on Wednesday in Hudson Falls, about 220 miles north of New York City.
‘Child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that she is in danger of serious physical harm or death,’ officials said in a bulletin to the public.
‘My baby is ok. I never been more thankful in my life,’ Malaya’s father Jay Johnson (with her above) wrote in an emotional Facebook post
Witness accounts suggest that Malaya was seen getting into a newer model red Ford Mustang with two Hispanic men.
The men may have been known to Malaya’s family, but police considered the circumstances suspicious and termed it a ‘possible child abduction’.
On Wednesday night, investigators tracked Malaya’s cell phone in Sloatsburg, on the border with New Jersey, Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy told the Post-Star.
Malaya was spotted around noon in Staten Island near the ferry terminal in St. George.
On Thursday night, investigators located the Mustang in New York City, but it is not clear exactly where.
Malaya’s father Jay Johnson (with her above) asked the public for assistance in her safe return
Police took the two Hispanic male subjects into custody, but did not find Malaya.
‘We are trying to figure out who these two individuals may be,’ Murphy said. ‘We don’t know what the circumstances are or whether she is familiar with these people.’
In an appeal on Facebook, Malaya’s father asked the public for assistance in her safe return.
‘Please help me find my daughter. Her name is malaya johnson. She is 12yrs old,’ he wrote, adding a picture of the two together.