Teens tried to lure a man looking for underage sex. Then, one was kidnapped, police say

USA Today 2 months ago

A California teen was kidnapped after she and friends tried to lure a man in an amateur underage sex sting gone wrong, authorities say.

The group of teenage girls used social media to contact an older man who allegedly was looking to have sex with underage girls, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

The group exchanged texts with the man and eventually agreed to meet Sunday near a Starbucks in Vista. Once there, the man convinced a 17-year-old girl to get in his vehicle to talk then drove off with her in the car, the department said.

Robert Dreyfus, 32, faces felony charges of kidnapping and other related offenses. Sheriff's deputies say Dreyfus drove several miles without the teen's consent.

The girl was able to text her friends who then contacted police. Sheriff's deputies called Dreyfus, and the man then pulled over, the department said.

The girl fled, and authorities arrested Dreyfus shortly after. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

The sheriff's department said Monday that the man and teen did not appear to have a prior relationship outside of the texts exchanged. The girl was unharmed.

"The Sheriff's Department strongly discourages the public from setting up meetings or contacting anyone for the purpose of catching an individual who is committing a crime," the department said in a statement. "These types of situations can be extremely dangerous and should be handled by your local law enforcement agency."

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