Police close case on attempted abduction, man mistook child for relative

Police close case on attempted abduction, man mistook child for relative

Cleveland Police say that they closed the case of an attempted abduction, after a man matching the description came to the department and said it was all a misunderstanding.

The incident happened Thursday around 8:00 a.m. in the area of West 47th and Carlos. The mother of the two children told officers her nine-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son were waiting for their school bus, when they were approached by a man they didn't know. The man attempted to grab the girl, but she pulled away.

The children ran behind a parked vehicle and attempted to hide when they saw a man they knew. While the siblings ran to the familiar adult, the man who approached them fled on foot.

The man later saw the media reports and told detectives he was the male described. He told detectives that he lives in the area with family that includes a young niece and nephew similar in age and size as the two children.

He said he was jogging and thought the kids were his relatives, and approached them and grabbed the girl's hand. That is when the two fled, scared, and the man realized he was mistaken.

A detective followed up with the family and confirmed that what the man said was true. After interviewing the children, and the man who witnessed the situation, the detective said there is no cause on the attempted kidnapping.

The man was not arrested and no charges are pending.

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