Police arrest NYC man in disappearance of 12-year-old girl; Amber Alert canceled

George A. Torres, 19, was arrested and faces a charge of endangering the welfare of a child after an AMBER alert was released for a missing 12-year-old Malaya Johnson.

HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. — Police have arrested a New York City man in connection with the disappearance of a 12-year-old upstate New York girl.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that 19-year-old George Torres of the Staten Island was arrested Thursday on a charge of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Police Chief Scott Gillis of Hudson Falls, New York says the girl, Malaya Johnson, used social media to connect with Torres.

Authorities say Malaya arranged for Torres to pick her up after school Wednesday and drive her to New York City. They say he left her at the Staten Island Ferry on Thursday.

Torres was being held at Washington County Jail. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can speak for him.

The Amber Alert for Johnson was canceled around 1 p.m. Friday. She contacted her family and told them she’s safe, but insisted she would not return home. Her location remains unknown.

Correction: This article has been updated with the correct borough of Torres’ residence. Associated Press reported Torres was from the Bronx.

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