Amber Alert canceled after child found safe, suspect arrested in St. Lawrence County

Authorities say a 10-year-old girl who abducted in Pennsylvania, triggering an Amber Alert, was found safe and her alleged abductor and his mother are in custody Gouverneur in St. Lawrence County.

The Amber Alert was issued for New York just after 9:00 p.m. Thursday for a young girl who was kidnapped from her home in Gordon, Pennsylvania around 4:30 p.m.

Police believed the suspect, 39-year-old Peter Tarbox, was possibly heading for Norwood, in St. Lawrence County, where Tarbox and his mother are from. The vehicle had been seen traveling North on I-81 near Syracuse.

State police say the girl was identified as 10-year-old Alexandria Jade Long. She was found safe in the vehicle. Police say Tarbox is a former acquaintance of the girl's mother and was a stranger to the child.

Tarbox claims that he is the girlâ??s father. Pennsylvania police say Friday that his claim is false.

Police in Gouverneur say they arrested Tarbox and his mother, 55-year-old Annette M. Williams, around 10:15 p.m. Thursday after an officer in the village of Gouverneur spotted the car at a gas station.

Police say Tarbox and Williams were wanted in Schuylkill County, PA for kidnapping for ransom, interference with custody of children, and endangering the welfare of children.

Tarbox and Williams were arraigned in the Town of Gouverneur Court as fugitives from Justice from the State of Pennsylvania. They were remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility to await extradition proceedings.

The childâ??s mother was on her way to reunite with her child early Friday morning.


aura McCabe is Alexandria's mother. "I called them right away when she was taken, I gave him the opportunity to bring her home, they refused. I had no choice but to call the police, the FBI picked it up so now it's on them what the FBI does," says McCabe. "

Not knowing how she is where she is, what's happening to her is horrible, I would never wish that on anyone. Any mother, brother, sister anybody like that


(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)