A 24-year-old transient who allegedly took two Paso Robles teenagers out of the state has been charged with two counts of felony child abduction, the Paso Robles Police Department announced this evening.
The girls, who police say are 17 years old and will not be identified because of their age, are now with their parents. They were detained in Utah with Edmund Lamb, also known as Damien Land, who police describe as an acquaintance of the girls.
On Sept. 14, Paso Robles police began investigating a missing persons report filed by the girls' parents, police said.
They discovered both girls had left the state with Lamb, and that they were all traveling east on Interstate 80 through Nevada.
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper detained the trio on Sept. 16, police said.
Utah child welfare authorities held the teenagers until their parents picked them up, according to police, while Lamb was arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol on suspicion of providing false identification to a police officer, vehicle code violations and felony custodial interference.
A warrant for his arrest was obtained Sept. 24 by the Paso Robles Police Department. Investigators will bring Lamb back from Utah to book him at the San Luis Obispo County Jail.
The FBI’s Santa Maria field office, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and the Nevada and Utah Highway Patrol assisted local police in the investigation.