Couple Charged With Kidnapping Two Amish Girls

Charges state a man and his girlfriend intended harm against the two girls.
2:36 | 08/16/14

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Now to the other story breaking overnight, two arrests in the case of those young amish girls allegedly kidnapped from their family farm stand. Police tracking down the suspects, a man and his girlfriend and ABC's gio Benitez has been on this story from the jump and has an exclusive interview with the people who helped rescue the girls. Gio, good morning to you. Reporter: Dan, good morning to you. We are at the county jail where those alleged kidnappers are being held right now. That drama unfolding overnight. Got anything to say? Reporter: Overnight a D dramatic end to an ordeal. Investigators zeroing in on a house confiscating cars, 39-year-old Steven Howell ii, a nurse and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Nicole Vasey abducted those two girls selling vegetables Wednesday night. We need to give credit to the girls there. Things they saw and remember were very influential and getting us to this point so quickly. Reporter: Authorities rushing the pair into a late night arraignment. Each charged with two counts of kidnapping. Wednesday night police say 7-year-old Delila and her 12-year-old sister Fannie were working their family's vegetable stand near oswegatchie and a vehicle pulled up and took the girls then a shocker, more than 24 hours later, authorities say the alleged captors set the girls free 30 miles away from home on this street in richville in the rain. Cold, wet, barefoot and starving the children knocked on the first door they could find. Jeff and family Simpson opened up that door. They were really squared. I knew instantly it had to be the ones that were missing. Reporter: They say they helped care for the girl, feeding them. They ate watermelon in 30 seconds. He says immediately they all jumped into the car and went straight home. The girls just ran right in the house straight to their parents and then their father came out and shook our hands. Reporter: This morning charging documents allege Howell and Vasey planned to inflict physical injury. The team was able to interview the children and the defendants. The defendants gave us a voluntary interview. The children were interviewed and between the two, we were able to come up with this set of charges. Reporter: This morning, relief in this small town. And back out here at the county jail, those alleged kidnappers are being held without bond. They have not yet entered any plea. If convicted, they could face 25 years to life in prison, Paula. Wow, gio Benitez in upstate New York. Thank you very much.

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