A Florida teen was reportedly found safe more than 1,000 miles from her home following a lengthy search for her and her 27-year-old soccer coach. Late Friday night, New York State Police said he had been charged as a fugitive of justice and was arraigned in the town of Salina and remanded to Onondaga County. The officer pulled the auto over and took Rodriguez into custody without incident, the sheriff's office said.
Officials say Rodriguez and the 17-year-old student were stopped by a New York State Police officer Friday afternoon near Syracuse.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina was reported missing from her Lake City home nearly a week ago and was believed to have left with Rian Rodriguez.
The girl has been reunited with her family.
Frisina was detained and her family has been notified, the sheriff's office said.
It is unclear whether the pair were headed to Canada.
Florida Teen Found in New York After Disappearing With Soccer Coach
Rodriguez has not been arrested or charged at this time, but he is cooperating with the investigators and is now being questioned, according to NY state police. She does not appear to be hurt.
Florida law enforcement is on their way to Syracuse. As of Friday, the teen was being held in police custody until a reunion with her family could be arranged.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office contacted Rodriguez's cellphone service provider, obtained an exigent form and requested his phone be pinged. The age of consent in Florida is 18. The girl's mother, Scarlet, thanked law enforcement across the country and in NY for their help.
He is now being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center.
NewsChannel 9 and LocalSYR.com will have updates as they become available.
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