POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) — The elementary school student who said he was almost abducted on his way home from school Thursday afternoon now says the abduction never occurred.
With the cooperation of the child’s family, he was interviewed again on April 24. During this interview, the child admitted that the attempted abduction never occurred and that he made up the story he told to police.
Police are now classifying the report as unfounded.
Poquoson Police officers had been called to East Sandy Point Road, just off Browns Neck Road, around 4 p.m. Thursday, where they met up with the student. The child told them he had just gotten off his school bus, when an unmarked green work van pulled up beside him, on Phillips Road.
He said two men got out of the truck and one of them grabbed him by the strap of his book bag, but he managed to break free and started running home.
“The driver got out and tried to run after him and that’s when the passenger said, ‘Leave him let’s go,’ the boy’s sister told 10 On Your Side. “So that’s when they got in the van and took off.”
The child was able to give police a description of the suspects. He said the driver of the van is about 5’9″ tall, 160 pounds, with short orange/red hair and was wearing a black top and green short pants at the time of the incident. The passenger was described also about 5’9″ and 160 pounds, with blonde hair; he was wearing glasses and a black t-shirt and grey pants. He also told police the van they were in had orange spray paint on the rear doors.
“This always happens to someone else,” the boy’s sister said. “This has never happened to anyone I know or to me.”
There will be no further investigation.