A California teenager is at home after being kidnapped by a man she met online and ends up in New York

RIALTO, California — A Southern California teen is safe and back home with her family after being kidnapped by a man she met online.

Rialto police say the 17-year-old met the man online and eventually traveled to New York to be with him. The teenager’s parents called the police when she turned up missing.

Authorities were able to find out that she had been in touch with Elijah Clark, a 24-year-old New Yorker, through social media. Investigators contacted Clark and said they immediately knew something was wrong.

When Detective Agnes Watson called and identified himself, he hung up. Then Watson says she sent the number back.

“I got a text message from the suspect’s phone … and it was a text message from the victim saying, ‘Please help me. he won’t let me go i want to come home Please take me back home.’ And then they said, ‘Don’t answer this text or I’ll get in trouble.'”

Rialto police called New York police, who found that she was being held against her will. On Mother’s Day, she was reunited with her family.

Clark was taken into custody and faces kidnapping charges.

Police hope this incident will remind parents to be aware of what their children are doing on social media.

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