Two people arrested in connection to Amish girls kidnapping

Updated: 08/15/2014 11:43 PM
Created: 08/15/2014 7:19 PM WHEC.com

The St. Lawrence County District Attorney says two people have been arrested in connection with the abduction of two Amish girls earlier this week.

Officials tell News10NBC that 39-year-old Stephen Howells II and 25-year-old Nicole Vaisey, both of Hermon, NY, are charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping. These arrests come after deputies searched a home in Hermon Friday night.

According to WSTM, two vehicles were towed from the scene of the search -- believed to be connected to the kidnapping. A press conference is scheduled Saturday morning when further information is expected to be released.

The district attorney tells the Associated Press the pair were in custody awaiting arraignment Friday night and additional charges are possible. Both will have lawyers, but no pleas will be taken or bail granted, the prosecutor said.
Rain declined to discuss a motive for the abduction. She said information provided by the girls helped lead to Howells and Vaisey.
"The suspects agreed to go to the sheriff's office to be interviewed earlier today and they were arrested after those interviews," Rain said.

The girls were taken from a roadside vegetable stand in Oswegatchie, Saint Lawrence County on Wednesday. The two girls were returned home Thursday night safely. Officials say the sisters were dropped off at a home 30 miles away and told to stay there. News reports say they got free and went to a nearby home. That homeowner recognized the girls but instead of calling police, he took them back to their family.

Right now, deputies have blocked off the road near that house. News10NBC is tracking developments and will have an update when it's available.

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