Woman charged with teen’s abduction

Melissa S. Latta-Allen (Photo by NNPD)
Melissa S. Latta-Allen (Photo by NNPD)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News woman is facing abduction charges for taking a teenager from her home Sunday with the girl’s consent.

Just before 3 p.m., a 64-year-old man called 911 and reported three people invaded his home and took his 16-year-old step-daughter, according to Holly McPherson with the NNPD.

The man told police that two men and a woman — who he recognized as his step-daughter’s friends — kicked his front door. He opened the door and told them to leave, but the men pushed their way inside, forced him to the floor, and the woman led his step-daughter out of the home.

An investigation revealed the 16-year-old step-daughter had arrived home after her curfew, prompting an argument with her parents. So, police say she called 34-year-old Melissa Latta-Allen, told her she was being abused by her parents, and asked Latta-Allen to come get her.

Latta-Allen, a 17-year-old boy and another male, who has not been identified, showed up at the house and took the girl, McPherson said.

Latta-Allen was taken into custody at the scene after returning to the home with the 16-year-old. She was charged with abduction and burglary.

The 17-year-old was found at his home in Newport news. The second male has not been identified, but the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anyone with information that could help detectives is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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