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Fargo men charged with attempting to kidnap 14-year-old girl

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Two Fargo men are charged with attempted kidnapping after they allegedly tried to pick up a 14-year-old girl from her school in Bowling Green, Ky., and bring her back to North Dakota to marry one of men's 14-year-old son.

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Dragan Jovanovic, 42, and Elvis Tahirovic, 18, are being held in the Warren County (Ky.) Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.

According to Officer Barry Pruitt, spokesman for the Bowling Green Police Department:

The girl had been communicating with Jovanovic's 14-year-old son for more than a year through a social networking site.

The men planned to bring her back to Fargo to marry the boy, who accompanied the two men on the trip, as did his 16-year-old sister.

The men initially planned to pick up the girl when she was dropped off by her school bus on Friday, but that plan fell through.

On Monday, they tried to sign the girl out of Henry Moss Middle School, not knowing that she wasn't in school that day. School officials became suspicious and contacted the girl's parents and then police.

Even though the girl had agreed to leave with the men, under Kentucky law, because she's only 14, she could not legally consent to do so, Pruitt said.

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