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Fargo men charged in attampted abduction of Kentucky girl in arranged marriage scheme

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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 the 14-year-old son of one of the men.

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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 her school bus dropped her off on Friday, but that plan fell through, so they stayed the weekend in Bowling Green.

On Monday, they went to the girl's school, Henry Moss Middle School, and inquired about what time the school buses ran and what time school let out.

"Those types of questions kind of raised a red flag, so I think they got a little nervous and they left," Pruitt said.

The men came back a short time later and asked to check the girl out of school, not knowing that she wasn't in school that day, Pruitt said. School officials became suspicious and contacted the girl's parents and then police.

"I think her parents were very surprised and shocked that this was supposed to go down," he said.

Officers located the men in a car outside a general store across the street from the school and arrested them, the Bowling Green Daily News reported.

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.

Jovanovic's son and daughter were taken into protective custody.

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