Alleged Abduction Attempt in Selby on Wednesday Turned Out to Be No Cause for Concern
Anne Arundel County Police said that a report of an attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in the Selby neighborhood of Edgewater yesterday was determined not to be a threat. Police urge the public to call 911 for police matters. In this incident, reports posted by citizens on social media sites were followed up on by detectives, who determined that the suspects did not intend to commit an abduction.
What happened, according to police spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith, was that police responded to a reported attempted abduction of an 11 year old around 4 p.m. on Wednesday near Edgemont Street and Hillside Drive in the Selby neighborhood of Edgewater.
The report said that two men in an older model station wagon attempted to grab the victim and force her into the car. The victim, unhurt, fled and reported what had happened. The girl told police that she also saw a small child inside the car. Police placed a number of officers in the area while detectives investigated.
The alleged suspect heard that he was wanted and presented himself to police at the Southern District station. There, he spoke to detectives.
The detectives determined that the suspects in the car did not intend to commit an abduction or assault.
Smith said that police consider the victim’s and the public’s safety is a top priority, so detectives try to verify the facts quickly. In this circumstance, the victim’s quick reporting and the coordinated effort of police brought the investigation to a quick close.
Smith said, “the public is strongly encouraged to report suspicious circumstances such as this so that they may be immediately investigated. In this case there should be no additional concern for trepidation.”