Police say a Rialto teenager was rescued from a residence in New York after a 24-year-old man she met on the internet allegedly kidnapped and held her against her will.
A 17-year-old girl, whom NBCLA will not identify because she is a minor, was reported missing on April 30, 2022 by her family, Rialto police said.
Her family told police they learned the girl had had conversations with a man on the internet.
On May 2, Detective Watson of the Rialto Police Department began investigating her disappearance.
Authorities quickly found a phone number with a New York area code believed to belong to 24-year-old Elijah Clark.
Calls went unanswered, police said.
Detective Watson said the girl was able to get the phone a few days later, and on May 5, 2022, at 1:14 p.m., she wrote a text saying she was being held against her will in New York.
Watson worked with the New York Police Department who found a possible address in the 1600 block of Amsterdam Avenue.
On the evening of the next day, at the request of Detective Watson, New York police said the girl had been rescued from the residence.
Clark was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, forcible confinement, harming a minor, strangulation, assaulting a police officer and multiple weapons charges in New York.
A day later, the girl was sent home to Rialto on May 10.
The Rialto Police Department is asking the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office to bring even more charges in California, including kidnapping, contact with a minor with intent to commit lewd acts, and encounter with a minor for obscene purposes.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Lt. James Mills at (909) 820-2632, or leave an anonymous tip at (800) 782-7463.