The Latest: Soccer coach arrested with girl had New York job

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a Florida soccer coach accused of running away with a teenage girl and arrested in New York (all times local):

5:35 p.m.

A police investigator who arrested a 27-year-old Florida soccer coach accused of running away with a teenage girl says the man had started working in upstate New York to fund his travels.

State police investigator Todd Grant tells the Syracuse Post-Standard he spotted Rian Rodriguez's car Friday after Rodriguez left an employee orientation at a direct marketing firm in suburban Syracuse. He says Rodriguez had planned to earn money for fake documents to cross the Canadian border with the girl.

Grant pulled over the car and arrested Rodriguez at gunpoint in a parking lot.

Prime Time Marketing owner Ryan McManus says Rodriguez said he was moving from Florida and living in a hotel. McManus says the girl sat in the car during the two-hour orientation.

Rodriguez's attorney says his client wants to return to Florida as soon as possible to face the charge of interfering with child custody.


12:05 p.m.

The lawyer for a 27-year-old soccer coach accused of running away with a teenage girl says his client wants to return to Florida from New York as soon as possible to face charges.

Rian Rodriguez was taken into custody in suburban Syracuse on Friday night on a Florida charge of interference with child custody. He had a court hearing Monday to determine if he'd be extradited.

Officials say the 17-year-old girl sneaked out of her home in Fort White, Florida, on Nov. 25. Her parents flew to Syracuse to get her Saturday. Police say Rodriguez had spent childhood vacations in the area.

Officials at Fort White High School suspended Rodriguez.

Attorney Charles Keller says Rodriguez has consented to return to Florida. He's being held in jail until Florida authorities pick him up.


Information from: The Post-Standard,

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