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Southern Pines man accused of helping NJ runaway

Posted May 21, 2012

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— A Southern Pines man faces accusations that he helped a New Jersey juvenile run away.

Southern Pines police said that Nicholas Reynaldo Garcia, 21, communicated with the juvenile through social media and then drove to New Jersey and brought the child to North Carolina. The juvenile, whose age wasn't released, was reported missing on April 16.

Garcia was charged with contributing to the deliquency of a minor. He was placed in the Moore County jail under a $5,000 unsecured bond and scheduled to appear in court June 13.

Southern Pines police shared safety tips for parents whose children go online.


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  • Scubagirl May 21, 2012

    Not enough information here, but nowhere in the article is the girls age stated so we certainly have no idea of the facts.
    Yes, he SHOULD know better than to do something like this but many 21 yo (girls & boys both) don't always come up with the best answer.

  • ICTrue May 21, 2012

    Who knows what the kid was running away from. Maybe the guy is a hero/ But then again, maybe not...not enough info

  • jmf1073 3.0 May 21, 2012

    Sounds like he might be a sex offender.

  • sammyg May 21, 2012

    The helpful police tips really don't help protect children from online predators. Parents just have to hope that their kids have a lick of sense...

  • SueInNC May 21, 2012

    Yikes, hope that girl is ok. He's only 21, but still, he should know better than to help a 16yr old cross state lines. He's going to have to face the consequences. I wonder what she was running away from!

  • anonemoose May 21, 2012

    Why was he placed in Jail on an unsecured bond?