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FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2006

2 accused of trying to remove girl, 16, from home

TALLADEGA COUNTY (AP) — Two men have been charged with felony custodial interference after being accused of trying to remove a 16-year-old girl from her home in Munford after apparently meeting on the Internet.

District Attorney Steve Giddens said bonds of $15,000 were set Wednesday for Thomas Francis Vancaneghem, 30, of Glendale, Ariz., and Jeremy Alan Mahon, 21, of Harvest.

Vancaneghem and Mahon were arrested about 9:15 p.m. Monday when the teen's father prevented them from pulling out of his driveway with the teen already in the car with them. Both are accused of resisting arrest when Talladega County sheriff's deputies responded.

Giddens said the teen and the two suspects appeared to have met online, but it was not clear how long they had been talking to one another.

The hard drive from the teen's computer and a computer Vancaneghem was carrying at the time of his arrest had been seized and were sentto the state forensics lab for analysis. Along with the computer, Vancaneghem was also carrying $7,000 cash when he was arrested.


Information from: The Daily Home - Talladega,

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