Monday, March 21, 2011

Investigation of Attempt Child Abduction; Case Closed - News Release

City of Takoma Park Police Department
• 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912

For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901

March 21, 2011 (12:15 p.m.)

On March 21, 2011, Takoma Park Police conducted a surveillance detail at Cockerille Avenue at Kansas Lane in response to the attempted child abduction that was reported on March 18, 2011. At 6:35 a.m., the detective noticed a green 2001 Toyota Echo in the area. The driver, who matched the description given by the child, exited the vehicle and walked through the path to deliver a newspaper on Circle Avenue. When the driver responded back to his vehicle, the detective made contact with him. It was determined that the subject parks his vehicle at that location every morning between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. to deliver newspapers to houses on Circle Avenue. When asked about the incident on March 18th, the subject stated he was running late and he ran to the house on Circle Avenue but does not recall seeing the child. Further investigation revealed that when the child saw the subject running towards him, he ran and hid behind a van and the subject ran past him, but never actually ran after him. An independent witness confirmed the subject’s daily routine, supporting the investigation. Based on this information, the case is closed.

Child abduction is a scary thing. In today’s world, children are taught at an early age, at home and at school, about the dangers of being kidnapped and of "stranger danger." While this child was not in any danger at the time, he did fear for his safety and thus did the right thing by running to his home and reporting what he thought was a safety issue. Remember, it is better for you to teach your child(ren) to be safe than for them to learn the hard way, by becoming a victim.