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Trumbull Cops: One Abduction Attempt in Nichols; Other Rumors 'Incorrect'

But police are increasing patrols on secondary roads.

Editor's Note: The headline and lede have been changed.

Trumbull Police investigated one abduction attempt in Nichols but say rumors of others are "incorrect."

"Several calls have been received by the Trumbull Police from concerned parents who have heard rumors of at least two attempted child abductions recently.  This information is INCORRECT[sic]," said Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry.

"A Nichols resident sent her 9-year-old son to retrieve the mail at the end of their driveway.  It was reported by the youth that a Black Nissan operated by a Black male drove up to the youth and asked him if he wanted to get into the vehicle.  The youth ran back toward his home and the vehicle reportedly drove away," Harry said.

"Officers dispatched to the scene were unable to locate the suspicious vehicle.  Patrol Officers have been advised and will increase patrols on secondary roads," he added.

The father of boy, whose identity is being withheld by Trumbull Patch, confirmed making the report to police.

"I want the parents to be aware," the father said. "You can't even send [children] down to get mail any more." 

Preventing Rumors

"This information is presented to prevent rumors from growing in the number of attempts and intensity of the act," Harry said.  "It is also presented however, to remind all residents to be vigilant to the area around them and to immediately report all suspicious activity, vehicles, and persons to the Trumbull Police at 203-261-2665 or call 911." 

The Trumbull Police, in partnership with the community, respond to all complaints, according to Harry.

John February 06, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I think it is unfortunate how the police labeled the press release on this event. It may be a rumor that there were 2 abduction attempts but there definitely was 1 abduction attempt and the press release should have went out indicating that as the lead in versus "Rumors Incorrect". In the press release, they could have then addressed the inaccuracy of the rumor. Sending it out the way the did, in my opinion, lessens what took place.
Joan February 06, 2013 at 06:52 PM
So the reports of an attempted abduction were not entirely incorrect--just the fact that there was only one attempt, and not two. Is that right? If so, I think the headline here can be misleading.
John February 06, 2013 at 07:04 PM
That is correct. There was an attempt yesterday evening. Headline very misleading.
Aaron Leo (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Someone please give me a police report on this attempted abduction, and I will be happy to update the information. Officially it is a report unconfirmed by the police department (i.e., they did not find the suspect vehicle.)
Aaron Leo (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I have changed the headline, after making further inquiries.
gail jarvis February 09, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Well Said!!!! Holding the "press" accountable has become the job of the citizens. Thank you for your open dialogue.

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