WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A man originally from New York has been arrested and charged in connection with kidnapping two missing girls from Winston-Salem.
Burlington police officers said on Thursday morning they found two girls, ages 15 and 12, who had been reported missing from Winston-Salem at Motel 6 located on Hanford Road.
Police said they were in the custody of Christian Lekkas, 47. Police say Lekkas gave them a Florida ID.
Lekkas has been charged with two counts of Second Degree Kidnapping, 2 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and 1 count of Possession of Marijuana.
Police say the girls originally went with Lekkas willingly, but later reconsidered, which is why the three stopped in Burlington. One of the girls called her parents, who told police where they could find the girls. They say Lekkas was a friend of one of the girl's relatives. Police believe they were on the way to New York.
Lekkas was placed in the Alamance County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Authorities say Lekkas is originally from New York, where he has a criminal record. He spent about 20 years in a New York prison for manslaughter and 2nd degree burlglary. He was released in July 2013.