CRESTLINE – A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy and police dog tracked drag marks through the woods early Monday morning to find a kidnapped teenager and a suspect.
Law enforcement officers did a forced entry into a house to find the suspect and the victim.
Logan Kristofer Padberg, 18, was arrested on kidnapping charges, though court records show he has yet to be charged. Padberg is reportedly the boyfriend of the 16-year-old female victim. By Friday morning, Padberg was no longer in custody.
According to reports, an emergency call to the Twin Peaks station, part of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office, reported a woman awakened by the sound of a screaming female near Lake Forest Drive.
A search took place in the mountain community, aided by the K-9 police bloodhound, Deja, who was brought to assist from the Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff’s office, about 45 minutes away.
The female victim, 16, was reportedly packing clothes and arguing with Padberg, who was asked to leave the residence. Shortly after 1 a.m., the victim’s grandmother reported her as a runaway.
When authorities began searching for Padberg, the sounds of the victim screaming were reported to deputies, who were told the girl was being dragged into the woods by her hair near the 26000 block of Lake Forest Drive.
Deja, using a piece of the victim’s clothing, tracked the victim to a house in an unincorporated part of Twin Peaks, according to reports.
Deputies spotted fresh footprints and drag marks. Deputy Jeff Stone and Deja tracked Padberg and the victim to the home in the 26000 block of Boulder Lane.
The girl was released to her mother. Reports are that Padberg has bail set at $250,000.