Sher­iff: Pair may have plot­ted to kid­nap more kids

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

CAN­TON, N.Y. (AP) — A cou­ple ac­cused of kid­nap­ping two young Amish sis­ters were prowl­ing for easy tar­gets and may have also planned to abduct other chil­dren, a sher­iff said Satur­day.

Stephen How­ells Jr. and Ni­cole Vaisey, both of Her­mon, were ar­rested Fri­day on charges they snatched the 7-year-old and 12-year-old girls from a road­side farm stand in front of their home near the Cana­dian border.

St. Lawrence County Sher­iff Kevin Wells said at a news con­fer­ence Satur­day that more charges may be filed and that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into whether the pair had plot­ted or car­ried out other ab­duc­tions.

“We felt that there was the def­i­nite po­ten­tial that there was go­ing to be other vic­tims,” Wells said.

The sis­ters were ab­ducted Wed­nes­day from their fam­ily’s farm stand in Oswe­gatchie and were set free by their cap­tors Thurs­day.

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