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Minong man charged with taking teen from home

A Minong man who allegedly drove a 15-year-old runaway from her St. Louis County home in Minnesota to his friend's apartment, planning to hide her until she turned 18, made an initial appearance Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

A Minong man who allegedly drove a 15-year-old runaway from her St. Louis County home in Minnesota to his friend's apartment, planning to hide her until she turned 18, made an initial appearance Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Anthony Joseph Woody, 22, faces felony interfere with child custody and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a child and obstructing an officer.

According to the criminal complaint:

The teen's mother reported her missing March 5. The teen had packed for an extended time away and left a runaway note. One of the teen's friends told her mother the teen had been picked up by Woody, who she met online.

When contacted by Douglas County Sheriff's deputies March 6, Woody initially said he hadn't seen the teen since last July. He then told them she was at his friend's apartment in Gordon.

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The teen told investigators that she planned to run away with Woody because she loves him. She said they planned to hide her at his friend's apartment. The teen said she had smoked marijuana with Woody and his friend, and she planned to stay with Woody until she turned 18. She said they made their arrangements to meet up online using Snapchat and Skype.

Woody was released on a $5,000 signature bond and ordered to have no contact with the reported victim, and not use or possess any controlled substances or drug paraphernalia without a valid prescription. His next court appearance is set for June 7.

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