Sunday, November 17, 2013

PGPD Investigates Attempted Child Abduction

Updated November 17, 2013:  During a follow-up interview, the victim recanted his report of the attempted abduction and told detectives no crime occurred.  "We certainly understand that the report of an attempted abduction caused great concern in our community. We do not take this false report lightly.  The Prince George's County Police Department is committed to serving and protecting and we will continue to do so,"  said Captain Meredith Bingley, the Commander of the Regional Investigation Division - Central Region. 

Detectives to Revisit Neighborhood Saturday

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old child in Capitol Heights.  

On November 15, 2013, at about 5:15 pm, patrol officers were called to the 200 block of Cabin Branch Road for an attempted abduction.  The victim told the officers that a man had just walked up to him in the 6500 block of Wilburn Drive.  The suspect asked the child if he wanted any candy that he had in his van. When the child tried to walk away, the man grabbed him by the jacket.  The victim was able to free himself and began running down Cabin Branch Drive towards Central Avenue. The child ran to Central High School where he called police.

Detectives and patrol units are currently canvassing the neighborhood, talking to neighbors and any potential witnesses.  The detectives will be back out in the community on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 3:00 pm.

The suspect is described as a middle-aged black male, 6'0" tall with a skinny build and balding hair. He was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and black boots.  He was driving a black mini-van.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is urged to call the Regional Investigation Division - Central at 301-772-4910. You may also call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. You will not have to give your name.

For more information, please contact the Prince George's County Police Department's Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

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