Attempted child abduction worries authorities
EAGLE (AP) – Eagle County sheriff’s investigators were trying to gather more information to determine whether a possible link existed among four apparent cases of attempted child abduction in the last six weeks.Two of the incidents occurred Saturday in Edwards, following two previous cases in Avon dating back to Aug. 9. “At this point we’re not sure these cases are connected,” said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department.Andree said she was trying to produce a sketch of the suspects, but was running into difficulty due to varying accounts from the children and from witnesses. “The descriptions are very different and that’s making us wonder what else is common here,” Andree said.”We need to find out if there is a common thread.” Police said a man tried to take a 3-year-old boy out of his mobile home’s yard about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, but the child’s mother saw what was happening and stopped him from being abducted. She told officers she saw a man holding the boy’s hand and leading him away from the yard, then told her son to let go of the man’s hand and come home. The woman said she didn’t know the man, who didn’t have a car and appeared to have been drinking. He told her he was going to buy the boy an ice cream cone. Also on Saturday, authorities said a man tried to lure an 8-year-old boy toward him while the boy and his older brother were walking down a road. The man, driving a dark green truck, reportedly stopped and backed up after seeing the brothers. The man pointed at the younger boy and motioned for him to approach the vehicle, the older brother told police. The brothers got scared, ran home and told their mother. Avon police Detective Mike Leake said he suspects the same person has been approaching the children. “I’m concerned,” he said. “It’s developing into a pattern case.” But Leake said it’s an unpredictable pattern, because the incidents have occurred sporadically. “He’s making it hard to catch him,” Leake said. “But we have heightened awareness and all police have description of the vehicles.” Eagle County School District officials have sent letters home with area students to notify parents of the incidents. Sheriff’s officials also scheduled a free seminar Thursday night on protecting children from abuse and abduction. Authorities were urging anyone with information about the incidents to contact the sheriff’s office or Eagle County Crime Stoppers. — Information from: Vail Daily, http://www.vaildaily.com Information from: Vail Daily, http://www.vaildaily.com
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