Teen Admits to Lying About Attempted Kidnapping

Investigators say the boy recanted his story today.

By Bay City News—

A 15-year-old boy who told police he was almost kidnapped while walking by the University of California student housing complex in Albany on Friday night admitted earlier today that he made up the story.

[Related article: Teen on Crutches Escapes Attempted Kidnapping]

UC police Lt. Eric Tejada said the teen recanted his story today, and investigators have determined that all aspects of his report were unfounded.

The boy had reported an attempted kidnapping that he said occurred around 11 p.m. Friday while he was walking with crutches on Jackson Street near Eighth Street.

He told police a man in an SUV had approached him and tried to get him into the car. The teen said he had escaped after a small tussle and was uninjured.

The boy gave police a description of the suspect and the car. Police have since determined that none of the story is true, Tejada said.

Police will present the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office to determine whether charges should be filed against the teen.

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tr February 03, 2014 at 06:15 PM
d.mehrten, no iphone for a night, maybe.
lubov mazur February 03, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Remember the hysteria over the little girls in the village who reported an attempted abduction? Fences went up, roads into the village were gated. Then they recanted.
Margaret Tong February 03, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Did his Mam and Dad know he was out alone at that time of night?
rj February 04, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Glad this teen confessed the truth. But what if the police picked up a "suspect?" Article didn't say anything about prosecuting the minor. Is he/she really let go with a slap on the hand?
Kirsten Schwartz February 04, 2014 at 08:28 PM
lubov m., surely you don't mean the abduction attempts in the Village in 1989-90; we had just moved there, and there were three reported attempts. UC shut the entrances and exits from the south to discourage drive-through traffic. The first attempt happened to a boy who later became known to me; the description his father gave the police matched the car that later picked up the poor Dugard girl--Tracey? name escapes me--who just recently was released. Not a scare that time. Which makes lying about attempted abductions that much worse.


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