Crime

Man accused of kidnapping daughter

A man with ties to both Pennsylvania and Virginia has been arrested in an alleged kidnapping.

According to U.S. Marshal Martin Pane, his office’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Jesse Keller, 52, in Williamsport.

Pane’s release said the charges started with Accomack police in Virginia, where a warrant was issued for Keller, charging him with kidnapping after he allegedly did not return his daughter to her mother. According to the marshals service, “Keller was granted permission to take his 9-year-old daughter to Pennsylvania for a week to visit relatives,” but he allegedly threatened to keep the girl in the commonwealth.

Authorities say a court in Virginia ordered that the child be given back to her mother, and she has been safely returned.

Keller was arrested Tuesday. Pane’s release said it happened without incident, and Keller is in local custody pending extradition to Virginia.

“The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to locate and apprehend those who are wanted for serious crimes, especially those wanted for crimes against children,” Pane said. State police and the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office were part of the investigation.

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