A 14-year-old Abingdon boy escaped an alleged kidnapping attempt Monday morning, running back to his home from a school bus stop after he was approached by an unknown man.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, while walking to his bus stop shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday, the youth was approached at the corner of St. Clair Drive and Benefit Court in Abingdon by an unknown male in a black work van with tinted front windows.
The person threatened to harm the student if he did not enter the vehicle, police said. The teen immediately fled and ran back to his home, where his parent called 911.
Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld said the bus stop services Edgewood-area schools, but could not specify which school the youth attended.
Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies canvassed the area but were not able to locate the vehicle, department spokeswoman Monica Worrell said. The vehicle is described as a black commercial type work van with black bumpers, tinted front windows, and no back windows or driver’s side rear windows. Several neighborhood residents told police they had observed a suspicious vehicle in the area throughout the weekend which matched the description provided by the youth.
Worrell said police presence in the area was increased Monday afternoon, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the incident or the vehicle is asked to contact Corporal Paul Ruszala at (410) 836-5429.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office issued a robo-call to area residents at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday. The text of the call follows:
Hello, this is a message from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. On Monday, October 24th at approximately 6:30am, we received a 911 call regarding a suspicious vehicle described as a black commercial work van with black bumpers, tinted front windows, and no back windows or driver’s side rear windows. The driver of the vehicle threatened a 14 year old student while he was walking to his bus stop at the corner of St Clair Drive and Benefit Court. The 14 year student is fine, however we are requesting for the public’s assistance. Anyone with information regarding the described vehicle should contact Harford County Sheriff’s Office at 410-612-1717. As always, we remind citizens to pay attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious people or vehicles in their area to local police. Again, anyone with information regarding this morning’s incident or the described vehicle should contact Harford County Sheriff’s Office at 410-612-1717.