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NY Amber Alert Leads To Felony Charges For Pair Of Teens

Joshua Monette Photo Credit: New York Amber Alert
John Harvey Photo Credit: New York Amber Alert
McKenzie Wilson Photo Credit: New York Amber Alert
They were last seen traveling southeast in a red pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet Silverado with NY plates CXA5836, authorities said. Photo Credit: New York Amber Alert
Update, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.

The Amber Alert activated Tuesday by New York State Police after a 12-year-old upstate girl was abducted has resulted in felony charges for two teenagers.

Early Tuesday morning, state police received a report of a 12-year-old female runaway from the town of Franklinville. During the investigation, information was obtained that the girl, McKenzie R. Wilson, had been linked to an 18-year-old man from a recent arrest of disseminating indecent material to a minor.

The 18-year-old male, Joshua R. Monette, and a 16-year-old mutual friend, John D. Harvey, were also found to be unaccounted for.

While conducting neighborhood interviews, state police received a report of a stolen vehicle not far from the residence of Monette.

The owner of the stolen vehicle told police that a handgun was inside the stolen vehicle. The father of Monette also reported a handgun missing from the residence.

This information, combined with the previous encounters, led investigators to believe this to be a possible child-abduction, therefore requiring the initiation of an Amber Alert Message.

At approximately 4:10 p.m., state police patrols located all three subjects along with the stolen vehicle at an abandoned house near the suspect's residence. There were no injuries to any involved parties.

Both teenagers were charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree (a Class E felony), two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (a C felony), criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree (a Class E felony) and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree due to Wilson being younger than 16 years old (a misdemeanor).

Monette is additionally being charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Update, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

New York State Police canceled an Amber Alert that had been issued for a 12-year-old girl they said had been abducted be two teens.

State police said the child is safe in an announcement shortly before 5 p.m.

The two teenage boys were also apprehended.

No further information was immediately released.

Original report:

New York State Police have activated an Amber Alert for a 12-year-old girl abducted in upstate New York by a pair of teen boys Tuesday morning.

The suspects, John Harvey, 16, and Joshua R. Monette, 18, took McKenzie Wilson at about 5 a.m. in Lydon, NY under circumstances that lead police to believe she is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.

They were last seen traveling southeast in a red pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet Silverado with NY plates CXA5836, authorities said.

McKenzie is 5-foot-6, 100 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

The suspects are believed to be possibly armed with handguns, authorities said. 

Monette is 6-foot-2, 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. No physical description of Harvey was provided. Photos of both suspect, and the abducted child, are above.

Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the New York State Police at (866) NYS-AMBER or dial 911.

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