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Tyler Police respond to false report of attempted child abduction

TYLER, August 26, 2013--On August 25, at approximately 1:35 p.m., Tyler Police Officers responded to a 911 call for attempted child abduction at a restaurant in south Tyler.

Upon arrival, Officers were told that a ten year-old boy had walked out of the restaurant to his father’s car to retrieve a cell phone. A white male reportedly approached the boy and attempted to force him into a vehicle. The boy screamed and fought back, enabling him to escape.

There were no witnesses to the offense, and all of the information about the incident came from the child.

During the course of the investigation, it was found that several of the statements by the boy did not make sense or even appear to be possible. After over an hour of investigation, the boy admitted he fabricated the entire story and there had not been any attempt to abduct him.

The boy was unharmed and no charges will be filed in this case.

The Tyler Police Department is aware that this incident has been reported on social media. The purpose of this article is to reassure the citizens of Tyler that an attempted child abduction did not occur.

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