Arrests Made After Alleged Cross Country Kidnapping Attempt of BG Teen

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

Two men are in jail after police say they tried to kidnap a young girl from her school.

But in this most unusual case, kidnapping wasn't the only motive in mind.

A year-long online relationship between a teen Bosnian boy who lives in North Dakota and a teen Bosnian girl who lives in Bowling Green put some local school officials on alert Monday when the boy's family made a 15-hour trip across the country and showed up at her school.

It's an incident that's landed two men behind bars, but without procedures from school officials, could've had a different outcome.
At Henry Moss Middle, school officials say security is tight.

"We will not allow anyone to see any child who is not approved by their legal guardian," said Principal Tom Renick.

And for Principal Renick, that couldn't have been more important on Monday morning.

"There had been a sighting of an individual on campus out by the bus loop that was abnormal," he said.

According to police, Dragan Jovanovic and Elvis Tahirovic showed up at the school asking to sign out a 14-year-old girl.

"This is not a typical case for Bowling Green," said Officer Barry Pruitt, with the Bowling Green Police Dept.

Officer Pruitt says the 14-year-old girl had been chatting online with Jovanovic's 14-year-old son for nearly a year, using sites like Facebook.

Pruitt says the two teens decided they wanted to get married.

"This is one we hear about happening other places, but not one we think about happening here in our community," Pruitt said.

Police say Tahirovic, Jovanovic and his two children took this car from Fargo, North Dakota more than a thousand miles to the school, in an effort to find the young girl.

"They were going to come down here, pick here up and drive straight back," Pruitt said.

The two men now sit behind bars, charged with attempted kidnapping.

But police say the incident is a perfect example of the dangers lurking on the web.

"This is a classic case of parents needing to know what their children are doing on the computer," Officer Pruitt said.

And school officials say without proper procedure, the situation could've been much worse.

"At any Warren County public school, a student's safety is the primary concern of not only the administrators and the teachers, but any adult that works in that building," Renick said.

Both men are lodged in the Warren County Jail, each on a $50,000 cash bond.

Officer Pruitt says the 14-year-old girl, who wasn't at school Monday, had agreed to leave the state with the family.

But because she's a minor, she can't give herself consent to do so.


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