The 32-year-old met the girl in person in Kristianstad, southern Sweden, after the pair had chatted online. He then kidnapped her, driving her 100 kilometres south-west to Malmö where he was stopped and arrested by police.
The girl was handcuffed when police pulled the car over at 11.15pm on Tuesday night, according to Calle Persson of the Skåne police.
On Wednesday, the police in Kristianstad will take over the investigation and return the man to Kristianstad.
“We had a little information from the parents to go on,” explained Hans Nilsson of the Malmö police, adding that the kidnapper had only had been in contact with the teenager for “a short time” online.
At the time of the arrest, another police patrol headed to the man's apartment in Malmö to see if there were other men waiting there for the pair to arrive.
“The girl explained in an interview, which is now completed, that she didn't want to come with the man to Malmö,” said Nilsson.
The man's intentions remain unclear, according to police; however Nilsson refused to reveal what the 32-year-old said in an interview conducted by police, other than to say that the interrogation had been completed.
An preliminary criminal investigation into the incident, as well a forensic investigation of the man's car, is now underway.