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Police: Hanover attempted abduction is unfounded

Updated: Friday, October 18 2013, 10:40 AM CDT
Hanover Borough Police say an attempted child abduction that was reported on Wednesday, October 16th, is unfounded.

Police say a 14-year-old girl told police that she was walking in an alley off the 600 block of East Middle Street around 4:30 p.m. She said a man approached her from behind and grabbed her sweater. The girl ran off and told police.

After further investigation and a second interview with the girl, the police department determined that this incident did not involve any criminal activity and the report of the attempted child abduction is unfounded.  

During the second interview, the girl told police that the man did not grab her, nor did he attempt to follow her.  Police say she described the encounter as being incidental and downgraded the contact between the two as having “brushed” elbows with one another as they walk past each other in the alley. 

The girl was wearing headphones and listening to music as she was walking, and the brief physical contact scared her, police say. The girl told police that her initial thoughts and statements to police on the night of the first incident were based upon her fear.

The van and its driver are no longer suspected of any criminal misconduct.  Police say it is now characterized as a misunderstanding. Police: Hanover attempted abduction is unfounded


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