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Alleged kidnapper and teen stopped at Canadian border over lack of COVID-19 tests

Added 12-06-21 06:18:03pm EST - “Christopher Costanzo was nabbed at the border with a 16-year-old girl who told authorities he had tied her up with a shoelace and forced her at knifepoint into the car's trunk.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Alleged kidnapper and teen stopped at Canadian border over lack of COVID-19 tests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An alleged kidnapper’s plan to cross into Canada with a teenage girl was foiled because neither had proof of a COVID-19 test, officials said.

Christopher Costanzo, 19, was nabbed at the Vermont border with Canada with a 16-year-old Connecticut girl who told authorities he had tied her up with a shoelace and forced her at knifepoint into the trunk of her parents’ car, investigators said.

Costanzo allegedly kidnapped the girl in his hometown of Torrington, Conn. before heading toward Canada, Vermont State Police said in a news release. Costanzo removed the girl from the trunk and placed her in the car before they tried to cross the border, the release said.

The pair was denied entry into Canada because neither had proof of a negative COVID-19 test, according to the Hartford Courant. The girl later told US Customs and Border Protection that she was being “held against her will,” according to the release.

She told authorities she had voluntarily met Costanzo on Wednesday night but he sexually assaulted her that night, the Courant reported, citing a federal arrest affidavit.

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