Idaho law enforcement officials say evidence indicates the 48-year-old Mt. Vernon man charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old Idaho girl “forced the girl to leave Eagle with him on Oct. 26.”
Andy Alan Vogt was extradited to Ada County, Idaho, and faces charges of kidnapping and lewd contact. Both are punishable by up to life in prison, according to a Nov. 8 press release from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said his office received a request for an agency assist from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Boise on Oct. 29. Deputy Brandon Hutchison responded to Vogt’s residence on Ingle Street in Mt. Vernon, where the girl was believed to be, and located her, Palmer said.
Vogt was initially charged in Grant County with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual abuse, along with a misdemeanor charge of pointing a firearm at the girl.
In the information filed Oct. 30 by Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter, Vogt was accused of confining the girl in a place where she couldn’t be found “with the purpose of furthering the commission of or an attempt to commit the crime of first-degree rape and unlawful sexual penetration.” The Oregon charges were dismissed when he was extradited.
Ada County deputies picked up Vogt at the Grant County Jail on Nov. 7 and took him to Boise. Vogt is now being held on a $1 million bond.
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the girl had been reported missing as a runaway for three days when she was discovered at Vogt’s Mt. Vernon home.
“Evidence indicates the girl, who is under the age of 16, met Vogt through the online ‘MeetMe’ app earlier this fall,” the Ada County release said. “He then drove to Eagle in late October, where he met the girl and had illegal sexual contact with her.”
The girl’s family in Eagle last saw the girl on the evening of Oct. 26, and they reported her missing early the next day, the sheriff’s office said. The criminal complaint filed against Vogt in Idaho states that he forced the girl to leave Eagle for the purpose of “committing any lewd and lascivious act upon any child under the age of 16,” the sheriff’s office said.
Eagle Police and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office were able to track the girl to Mt. Vernon, and Idaho officials contacted the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. When Grant County investigators contacted Vogt, he initially told them he believed the girl was 19 years old, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office said.