Carroll County Sheriff's Office says 'suspicious' incident likely a case of mistaken identity

Student approached by man who told him to get in truck

November 03, 2011

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that an earlier report of a "suspicious person" who tried to get a 14-year-old male student to get in his vehicle in the Lineboro-Manchester area was most likely a case of mistaken identity.

On Nov. 2, at about 3:30 p.m., Carroll County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 4700 block of Schalk Road No. 1 for the report of suspicious activity. Deputies determined that, moments prior, a 14-year-old male was exiting a school bus when he was approached by a man in a pickup truck.

The driver of this vehicle told the juvenile to get into the truck. When the juvenile refused, the suspect exited the truck causing the juvenile to run to safety.

The sheriff's office received a detailed description of the vehicle and, later that evening, the suspect was identified, located and interviewed by investigators.

Investigators determined that the subject believed the juvenile in question was an acquaintance that he had met two weeks prior. The sheriff's office said investigators "revealed a possible case of mistaken identity, and (the case) does not appear to be an attempted abduction at this time."

The sheriff's office said that the juvenile and his guardians have been notified as to the outcome of the investigation. Detectives will consult with the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office to determine if further action is deemed necessary in this matter.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mark Devilbiss of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 410-386-2900 or the Anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP.

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