A rape suspect allegedly abducted a teen girl early Tuesday morning in New York, about six days after he was released from jail.
An Amber Alert was issued at 1 a.m. Tuesday for a 17-year-old girl from North Tonawanda, WKBW-TV reported.
Police say Stephnie White was abducted on Niagara Falls Blvd. Monday night.
The alert was canceled around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning after the Pennsylvania State police said White had been safely located.
this is the general area where police say the missing teenager was abducted. Near the Walmart and the Wurlitzer complex area. pic.twitter.com/GNTqvTYtMc
— Angelica A. Morrison (@amorrisonWIVB4) February 16, 2021
North Tonawanda Police Department named Michael Mesko as the suspect in a Facebook post with the alert.
“The child was taken under circumstances that lead the police to believe that she may be in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death,” the news release said.
“It is also suspected that Michael has taken the victim and may be headed out of state.”
Mesko was taken into custody after a short pursuit and White is being evaluated.
The police said that Mesko had been released from Niagara County Jail on Feb. 10.
He was charged with two counts of rape in the second degree and two counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree.
Someone can be found guilty of second-degree rape if they engage in sexual intercourse with someone who is incapable of consent because of a mental disability or incapacitation.
A criminal sexual act in the second degree is also a class D felony.
Someone can be found guilty of the second-degree criminal sexual act if they engage in oral or anal sex with someone who is less than 15-years-old or is mentally incapacitated, according to the New York Courts.
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