SEVEN SPRINGS (KDKA) – State police continue to investigate following an alleged kidnapping incident involving a young girl at Seven Springs Mountain Resort early Sunday morning.
The incident took place just after 1 a.m. at the Somerset County ski resort.
According to state police, Justin Weber, 23, of Pittsburgh, allegedly entered the room of an 11-year-old girl and picked her up out of bed.
State police report that he is then accused of taking her to the bathroom and holding her there against her will. The girl was able to free herself and frightened the suspect off when she started screaming.
Authorities say the girl ran to her parents in a nearby bedroom. Later, investigators report that Weber returned to the room and was confronted by the girl’s father.
He took off on foot and was later taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police.
The resort issued a statement about the incident Sunday afternoon.
“Seven Springs is deeply disappointed by the unfortunate acts of this individual and we take this matter very seriously. We will do everything we can to assist the Pennsylvania State Police with their investigation. We have taken a zero tolerance policy on this type of behavior and have since taken definitive legal steps to prohibit the suspect from being on resort property.”
The statement goes on to praise the quick response by on-site security and police.
“We would like to commend Seven Springs Resort Security, who apprehended the suspect within minutes of the report and the Pennsylvania State Police who arrived on-site within minutes and took the suspect into custody.”
According to Seven Springs, Weber was staying with a registered guest at the resort. The incident took place in a suite-style room with separate bedrooms.
Weber was arraigned and placed in the Somerset County Jail. Late Sunday afternoon, $75,000 was posted and Weber was released from custody.
He is facing a list of charges including kidnapping, burglary and unlawful restraint.