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Police continue to investigate reported abduction attempt of girl, 12

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11:51 a.m.

Police said Monday they are still looking into the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl Friday night in southeast Wichita.

“We’ve spoken with several witnesses as well as the victim,” Lt. Doug Nolte said Monday. “We’re trying to verify the times that were given to us.”

The girl was walking home from the QuikTrip at Harry and Edgemoor with two friends at about 9 p.m. Friday when someone in a pickup stopped the vehicle and said something to them.

“All three began to run away,” Nolte said.

But the driver of the pickup was able to get ahead of the victim, got out of his vehicle and had a conversation with her. At some point, he became distracted, and the girl was able to get away.

“She ran away from him and ran to a friend’s house,” Nolte said of the girl.

She was unaccounted for for about 30 minutes, he said, but police do not think she was being held by the suspect at any time.

“We do not believe that there was an actual abduction,” Nolte said. “We believe it was an attempted abduction.

“We believe there was some legitimate concern on those girls’ part” that their safety was being threatened, he said.

Officers found the suspected 17-year-old boy in the area and booked him into jail on unrelated warrants. There’s no indication he knew the girls, who were 12, 12 and 11, Nolte said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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