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Man who police say took Paso Robles girls out of state is jailed

Edmund Lamb, a 24-year-old transient, has been charged with two counts of felony child abduction.
Edmund Lamb, a 24-year-old transient, has been charged with two counts of felony child abduction.

The 24-year-old transient who allegedly took two Paso Robles teenagers out of the state several weeks ago has been booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail, Paso Robles police announced.

Local investigators brought Edmund Lamb, also known as Damien Land, back from Utah where he was detained on Sept. 16, and they booked him into County Jail around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.

He has been charged with two counts of felony child abduction, police said.

The girls, who police say are 17 years old and will not be identified because they are minors, were reunited with their parents in late September after being detained in Utah with Lamb, who police describe as the teenagers' male acquaintance.

Paso Robles police began investigating the case Sept. 14, when the parents of the two juveniles reported them missing, 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 three Sept. 16, police said. Utah child welfare authorities held the teenagers until their parents picked them up, according to police.

Lamb was arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol for 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.

The FBI's Santa Maria field office, the county District Attorney's Office and the Nevada and Utah highway patrols assisted local police in the investigation.

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