Alleged Abductor Claims Victim Is His Biological Daughter
A mother and daughter have been reunited after the girl was allegedly abducted from her Gordon, Pennsylvania home by a man who claims to be the 10 year old's biological father.
The girl's mother, meanwhile, says she doesn't know if the accused abductor is the father.
Police told 7 News reporter John Friot that 39 year old Peter Tarbox and his mother, 55 year old Annette Williams -- both of Norwood -- traveled to Pennsylvania to get Alexandria Jade Long because Tarbox didn't think she was being cared for properly.
"I felt my daughter was in danger," Tarbox told Friot in a jailhouse interview Friday afternoon.
Mugshots of Tarbox and Williams are below.
Tarbox told police Long's mother, Laura McCabe, was asleep when the girl answered the door. He allegedly asked if she wanted to leave with him and she said yes.
Tarbox and Williams were apprehended at the Express Farm convenience store -- formerly Sugar Creek -- on East Main Street in Gouverneur at around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the girl appeared to be unharmed.
Pennsylvania police had issued an Amber Alert for Long's alleged abduction.
Gouverneur village police say they were on the lookout for Tarbox and Long. Officer Darren Fairbanks spotted the car they were in and pulled into the convenience store behind them.
Police say they were in Williams' 2000 Dodge Intrepid (shown below), not the green Saab that was specified in the Amber Alert.
Police say both Tarbox and the girl (pictured at left) say he is her biological father. They lived together with the girl's mother in Norwood until the couple parted ways about two years ago.
Tarbox got in touch with the girl on Facebook and the two were in contact until the girl's mother put a halt to it.
When she picked up the girl in Gouverneur, McCabe told Friot she does not know if Tarbox is the father.
She says she was on the phone with Tarbox after the alleged abduction and gave him every opportunity to return the girl.
"Knowing where she is, how she is, what's happening to her is horrible," McCabe said. "I would never wish that on anyone, any mother, sister or brother -- anyone like that."
"To the best of our knowledge, he is not a parent or has parental rights," said Butler Township Police Chief Ed Tarantelli, whose jurisdiction includes the McCabe home.
And even if he was a parent, Tarantelli said, he could have tried to get custody through the courts.
Tarantelli applauded Fairbanks' work in apprehending the suspects. Fairbanks had a personal cell phone app that told him the details about the Amber Alert, Tarantelli said, so he knew to watch out for the missing girl.
Tarbox and Williams were arraigned in Gouverneur town court and were taken to St. Lawrence County jail to await extradition to Pennsylvania on charges of kidnapping for ransom, interference with the custody of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child.
In a jailhouse interview with Friot, Tarbox said he took Alexandria because he was concerned about her safety.
He claimed that Alexandria's mother hurt the child.
"She would hit her and stuff," said Tarbox. "You would do whatever you could to protect her, even if that means having to go to jail."
Watch Friot's report on the Tarbox interview:
Before reuniting with her mother at around 10:30 a.m., the girl was at the Gouverneur police station, where she was fed, watching cartoons and sleeping.
Saturday, February 28, 2015, Watertown, NY
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