Released on September 5, 2012 - 10:01am
Sep 02

On August 31, 2012, two adult men voluntarily came to the Laurel Police Department and admitted that they were the two occupants of the work van that had been involved in an apparent attempted abduction last Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at a bus stop on Arbory Ct.  The two individuals had read about the abduction in the Laurel Leader the day before and realized that they were the ones described in the story.  Both men were interviewed by detectives of the Laurel Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.  The investigation revealed that the original incident was a misunderstanding and that the intentions of the two individuals when they offered the toy to the child victim were innocent.  The individuals involved were scrap collectors who had located a toy motorcycle in good condition while on their rounds.  Not wanting the toy to go to waste, they sought to offer it to a child waiting at a bus stop.  When the child fled from them, the two men assumed that there had been a language barrier between the parties and gave the matter no further thought until they saw the story in the Laurel Leader.  Both men cooperated fully with the investigation.  Since no actual crime was committed and the involved parties were cooperative with the investigation, they were both sent on their way with an admonishment not to approach any more children in public, so as to avoid any further misunderstandings. 


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