NAPLES — A 16-year-old Connecticut teen who ran away from home last week, was found in Naples Friday— and she was not alone.
Naples Police reports said that detectives learned on Friday that a teenaged runaway from Connecticut was in Naples and she was most likely with Benjamin Hoogland, 22.
A records search revealed that Hoogland was operating a tan Cadillac with a paper Connecticut tag.
Detectives located the car at Kmart, 4383 9 St N. on Friday and observed two females exit the Cadillac and walk behind the Kmart Plaza.
When detectives made contact with the women, they identified one as the missing teen, reports said. She was taken into protective custody and transported to the Naples Police Department for an interview.
The missing teen told officers that she was having issues with her mother and decided to just leave the house, reports said. The teen made contact with Hoogland and they decided to travel to Florida.
On Thursday, the girl’s mother filed a missing person’s complaint with the Branford Police Department in Connecticut, reports said.
Meanwhile, detectives made contact with the driver of the vehicle and confirmed it was Hoogland.
Hoogland, of the 700 block of Parkshore Drive, Naples, was arrested and charged with aiding a runaway, a first degree misdemeanor.
Reports said Hoogland would not confirm or deny that he had left Connecticut with the teen, but told detectives that he was with her in Florida for the past two days.
When asked if he knew how old the teen was, Hoogland told offices that she was 18.
However, after detectives told Hoogland that she was only 16, reports said Hoogland told detectives he did not wish to speak any longer and requested his attorney.
Hoogland posted $1,000 bond Saturday.
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