Investigation reveals report of abduction attempt unfounded
January 22, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A reported kidnapping attempt near Eloise Avenue and Third Street last week may have been nothing more than child’s play, according to a statement released Friday by South Lake Tahoe police.
Police say an investigation into the reported abduction attempt revealed the incident may have really been a driver’s angry response to being on the receiving end of a snow ball.
“As a result of the investigation, the police department could find no evidence to verify an attempted abduction,” police wrote in a Friday statement. “It appears the incident might have been a reaction to ice or snow thrown at the truck.”
The incident was initially reported as an abduction attempt where a man drove a truck into the path of three boys riding their bicycles at dusk on Jan. 15. As the boys tried to turn around, the man allegedly got out of his truck and lunged at one boy, trying to grab him, according to the initial account of the incident.
The boys then got away from the man by riding off the roadway and through alleys and business parking lots in the area.
South Lake Tahoe police would still like to talk to the driver of the white truck to obtain a statement.
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The man is described as a thin, white adult with a tan complexion. He is between 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with medium length brown hair spiked in the front, and a trimmed goatee. The suspect drove a white full-sized pickup truck, late 1990’s model, with an extended or crew cab and a black bug shield at the time of the incident.
Police ask anyone with information concerning this person or related information to contact Detective Doug Sentell at (530) 542-6138.