Man Attempts to Abduct 14-year-old at Bus Stop


10:48 PM EDT, October 24, 2011

A man attempted to abduct a 14-year-old boy at his bus stop in Abingdon Monday, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

The student was on his way to the bus stop around 6:30 a.m. Monday when he was approached by a man in a black work van with tinted front windows at the corner of St. Clair Drive and Benefit Court, Public Information Officer Monica Worrell wrote in an e-mail.

The man threatened to harm the boy if he did not get in the van, Worrell added, but the boy ran back to his house and his mother called 911.

Deputies searched the area and were unable to find a vehicle described as a black work van with black bumpers, tinted front windows without back windows or driver’s side rear windows, according to Worrell, but several residents reported seeing a similar vehicle in the area over the weekend.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact Cpl. Paul Ruszala, 410-836-5429.

At the Abingdon Community Council meeting Monday night, Capt. Christopher Swain, of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, briefly mentioned the attempted abduction. In addition to dispatching the criminal investigation unit “right away,” Swain said, the sheriff’s office is posting fliers, planning more police patrols during bus times and “working diligently.”

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