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Police: Kidnap attempt a lie

F.T. Norton, Tribune News Service

Fearful she’d be punished for getting a hickey from a boy, a Carson City 11-year-old lied when she said a man tried to abduct her and bit her neck, police said Wednesday.

“After extensive interviews today with the witness and alleged victim, Carson detectives have determined that Tuesday’s attempted kidnap report was false and unfounded,” said Chief Deputy Scott Burau of the Carson City Sheriff’s Department.

Burau said the 11-year-old girl made up the story because she had been grounded and was not allowed to leave the residence while her mother was at work.

“Apparently that didn’t happen. She met up with three boys in the apartment and she got hickies while they were playing Spin the Bottle.”

He said the girl knew when the mother came home she would see the hickies, so she enlisted the help of a 12-year-old friend to fabricate the story of the attempted abduction.

Tuesday, dozens of law enforcement officers converged on the 1100 block of Woodside Drive and its surrounding neighborhood minutes after the girl reported to a 911 dispatcher that a man his 50s had grabbed her by her hair and bit her on the neck and chest as he tried to pull her into his car.

The girl said in a phone interview her friend had held onto her feet as she fought with her attacker, and it was only after she’d “socked him in the jaw” that he’d let go and her friend pulled her to safety. She told police the man had bothered her before.

More than half a dozen men matching the description given to police by the girl were stopped and questioned. At least two men were asked by officers to step outside of casinos in the area, while police ran their names through records. Attempt-to-locate bulletins were broadcast to law enforcement agencies in Washoe and Douglas counties.

Burau said since Tuesday night the department has been inundated with calls from people who think they’ve seen the vehicle described in reports, or wanting more information.

“This is a serious situation. Everyone was extremely focused on this and wanted to do everything they could to help. Children need to understand that given what’s going on in the country right now, we take these matters extremely seriously and we don’t investigate them lightly,” Burau said, “It’s important for kids to understand that this is the not type of excuse you should be using when you are in trouble with your parents.”

Whether any charges will be filed remains to be seen, Burau said.

“Tomorrow the detectives are going to review the matter with the District Attorney’s Office. We expended extensive resources on this matter. Given the gravity of the situation the matter is certainly going to be reviewed by the DA’s office for filing a false police report.”

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