Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NORTH --

April 02, 1993

Boy's abduction report a false alarm, police say

Hampstead police who investigated the report of an attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy Monday said there was no bid to kidnap, but more an exchange of words between two groups.

Police Chief Kenneth F. Russell said the fifth-grader was walking home from Spring Garden Elementary School with a companion when a white van drove by and one of two teen-agers inside made a remark to the younger boys.

Chief Russell said at least one of the 10-year-olds replied and the driver of the van stopped. The passenger allegedly chased one of the boys as the other ran in the opposite direction.

The boy was not touched or injured and initially told police the van had stopped and the boys were told to "come here and get in the van."

Chief Russell said he determined after talking with both boys that the incident was not an abduction attempt.

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