Lakewood Police investigate possible attempted abduction of child

Incident happened during soccer practice
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 9:52 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2021 at 1:09 AM EDT
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LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WOIO) - Lakewood Police said witnesses told officers a man picked up a child and attempted to run away during a soccer practice at Madison Park Wednesday night.

Capt. William Albrecht said police got a call around 6 p.m. for a suspicious man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The caller said the man left a few minutes later but then called back to inform police that he returned, according to Albrecht.

Before officers arrived, the man approached several people in the park, including juveniles at a soccer practice, Albrecht said.

“At one point, the male allegedly picked up a juvenile male and attempted to run away with him,” Albrecht said. “Several adults quickly intervened, and the male was stopped several feet away.”

The boy was released, bystanders and a Madison Park security officer restrained the man until Lakewood officers arrived and placed the suspect under arrest, according to Albrecht.

Albrecht said the man was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation and remains in police custody at this time.

Albrecht confirmed the child was not harmed, nor were any others.

The age of the child is unknown, but Albrecht said the man is 45-years-old.

According to Albrecht, the man has not been charged at this point in the investigation.

Lakewood Police briefed the concerned parents on scene about the incident, Albrecht said.

Albrecht said the suspect’s identity is not being released until formal charges are filed.

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