Florida authorities heading to NY to get Rian Rodriguez

  • Florida authorities heading to NY to get Rian Rodriguez

Florida authorities heading to NY to get Rian Rodriguez

Authorities say a 27-year-old Florida soccer coach found in NY with a missing teenage girl has been arrested.

Law enforcement officials had confirmed this week that Frisina, 17, was with 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez, traveling north from Florida after they were seen at a pawn shop in Fayetteville, N.C. on Sunday.

According to CBS 47/FOX 30 in Jacksonville, Fla., however, court records show a friend of the teen had told her parents Frisina said the 27-year-old wanted to leave the country with her, but she was afraid to do so. Frisina's family was notified and Rodriguez was taken into custody.

"It will be through many prayers and conversations and counseling that we are able to move forward", she continued.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office reportedly arrested Rodriguez without incident and he faces an extradition hearing. On November 25 Frisina's family contacted police after Frisina reportedly climbed out of her bedroom window and left town with Rodriguez. Her parents flew to Syracuse to get her Saturday. Rodriguez, a soccer coach at Caitlyn Frisina's high school, is being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center.

State police investigator Todd Grant told the Syracuse Post-Standard he spotted Rodriguez's auto, a red Mercury Sable, on Friday after Rodriguez left an employee orientation at a Salina direct marketing firm.

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Hunter said a sharp-eyed NY state trooper spotted the auto Caitlyn and Rodriguez were traveling in as he was headed home from a shift spent working on a task force that was looking for the pair.

According to Sgt. Murray Smith, with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, it appears Rodriguez began a relationship with Caitlyn in August or September.

"Its been hard. I'm glad I have my daughter back where I know I can protect her and keep her safe as a father always wants to do", Ward said.

"Ward and I and Caitlyn are very exhausted, worn out, in fact, physically and emotionally, and we feel that: she's home, she's OK, we're seeking counseling to help us work through things", Frisina's mother Scarlet Frisina told ABC News.

The Post-Standard reports police are holding Rian Rodriguez on a charge from Florida known as interference with child custody.

"We had a very attractive, wonderful, very emotional reunion with her a little while ago and we are so thankful to have her back", she said.