N.S. police say attempted kidnapping never happened
Dave Cohen Reporting
Police in Mandeville say reports of an attempted kidnapping last month now appear to be "unsubstantiated."
"Detectives with the Mandeville Police Department, along with the assistance of several other law enforcement agencies, after having thoroughly investigated this incident have been unable to corroborate any evidence of the victim's account in this matter," Lt. Gerald Sticker said in a news release. "Detectives have exploited every available resource, from sex offender registries, telephonic tips, area surveillance cameras, and video from the school bus from that day to no avail."
He also says that the little girl's story has changed several times.
"Inconsistent and contradictory statements regarding the incident were made during the investigation. As such, the MPD has concluded that this reported incident is unsubstantiated," Sticker insisted.
The 11-year-old girl had told police that she was walking home from the bus stop when a Hispanic man got out of his car and tried to grab her. She said she out ran him and beat him to her front door.
Sticker says she told cops that she "ran towards her house and as she reached the front door, she looked back and saw the driver running after her." She worked with investigators to develop a sketch of the reported suspect and his car.
Police are not saying what reason the child may have had to allegedly make up the story.