Sheriff calms fears of abduction attempt

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Staff report

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office is alerting citizens about a recent attempted child abduction at a bus stop in Mount Pleasant this week.

The incident happened Tuesday when a child got off the school bus at the intersection of Erbach Lane and Oberhaus Drive in the Oldenburg Subdivision. Four suspicious subjects approached the child in a vehicle and offered the child candy three different times to get the child into the vehicle. The child did not get into the vehicle and went home.

Sheriff Brad Riley reports that there hasn’t been an arrest as of Friday. “The incident does appear to be an isolated incident and does appear to have involved teenagers from the Mount Pleasant area.”

Riley said there are still details to be worked out in the investigation before arrests can be determined and before names of the suspects can be verified.

He added that investigators had been in contact with the victim’s family.

The Sheriff’s Office reported earlier that three small children were approached. Investigators are now saying one child was approached. Another child got off the bus at the same time, but that child ran home before the suspects approached.

“The purpose of the update at this point is to alert citizens that we have located the group of individuals involved in the incident, and we want citizens to feel safe again,” Riley said.

He said investigators have no reason to believe those involved will attempt to do this again.

As soon as information becomes available, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office will make that available to the public.