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Norwood man, mother wanted in child abduction arrested Thursday night in Gouverneur

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GOUVERNEUR — A Norwood woman and her son who told village police a 10-year-old girl allegedly abducted Thursday from Pennsylvania was his daughter are being held in the St. Lawrence County jail to await extradition.

Both Peter Tarbox, 39, and his mother, Annette Williams, 55, both of Maple St., Norwood, face charges of kidnapping for ransom, interference with custody of children and endangering the welfare of children.

The pair were taken into custody by police Thursday night after they were located at a gas station in Gouverneur with the girl, Alexandria Jade Long, who was unhurt. She has since been reunited with her mother, Laura McCabe.

The Pennsylvania State Police activated the New York State AMBER Alert late Thursday afternoon after investigating a confirmed child abduction that occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Oak Street in Gordon, Pa. The alert noted the suspect was believed to be heading to Norwood.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department radio transmissions at 10:30 p.m. Thursday indicated the vehicle had been located in Gouverneur, and suspects were in custody. Gouverneur police said the child had been located as well and was safe.

Mr. Tarbox was a former acquaintance of the abducted child’s mother from seven years ago, according to the alert. The AMBER alert described him as a stranger to the child.

Butler Township Police Department Chief Edward J. Tarantelli said Ms. McCabe told them Mr. Tarbox was not the father but that they had previously lived with him.

“They have not lived with him for several years,” Chief Tarantelli said.

Mr. Tarbox and the child reconnected through Facebook. When Ms. McCabe discovered they were communicating on the social network site, she blocked her daughter’s access to Mr. Tarbox, Chief Tarantelli said.

Chief Tarantelli said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking over the case, which will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The AMBER Alert initially indicated Mr. Tarbox was traveling in a green Saab, but shortly before he was taken into custody state police radio transmissions indicated he was likely a passenger in a tan Dodge Intrepid with registration EGC 3985 being operated by his mother.

“That was the best information we had at the time,” Chief Tarantelli said.

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