A 21-year-old Minnesota man suspected of stealing a car and driving to California with two teenagers was arrested in Stinson Beach, authorities said Monday.
Jacob Dwaine Engler was booked into Marin County Jail while authorities prepared a warrant to have him brought back to Minnesota.
The two teens, a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, were taken to Juvenile Hall until they could be reunited with their families.
Authorities were investigating whether to seek child abduction charges against Engler, said Sheriff John Holtz of Swift County, Minn. Holtz said Engler, a friend of the teens, did not have their parents' permission to take them on a road trip, and made statements to the girl's stepmother suggesting he would not bring her back home.
Engler, who lives in Murdock, Minn., works for the girl's father on a farm. Authorities are still investigating the relationship between Engler and the girl.
The car was reported stolen earlier this month. The owner told authorities that Engler agreed to buy the car and borrowed it for test drives, but he did not show up for the appointment to pay the money and get the title, Holtz said.
On Saturday, investigators tracked Engler's cellphone to the Bolinas-Stinson Beach area and asked the Marin County Sheriff's Office for help finding him, said sheriff's Lt. Barry Heying. Deputies found Engler and the teens Saturday afternoon in the parking lot at Stinson Beach.
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