December 12, 2013

Police: Attempted child abduction in Bath was hoax

A 12-year-old boy apparently made up the story about a man in a van who grabbed him.

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

BATH — A reported attempted child abduction in Bath has turned out to be a hoax, Bath police said Thursday.

Lt. Robert Savary said police conducted an investigation into the alleged abduction, which was reported on Wednesday by a 12-year-old boy, and determined that the child made up the story.

At the time, the boy said a bald man with a long beard, ripped jeans and gray shirt attempted to pull him into a van while the boy was walking on the 500 block of Middle Street. He reported that the van had a small antenna on the roof and that he was able to fight off his would-be abductor.

“Bath investigators have interviewed the boy at length and he has admitted that his story was made up and it did not occur,” Savary said in a news release.

Savary said the boy has not been charged with a crime, but police continue to talk with the boy and his family.

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