SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - 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.