Alleged abduction attempt turns out false

Police: Man really was offering puppy to Perkins Twp. boy
Courtney Astolfi
Sep 4, 2013

 

Turns out, the guy who offered a puppy to a Perkins Township boy last week really was trying to give a puppy to the boy.

The boy, 12, had told Perkins police a man driving a white car approached him at about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26, as he was walking in the 200 block of Schiller Ave. He said the man asked him multiple times if he wanted a puppy, which prompted him to report the encounter to his grandmother.

The family called police, launching a days-long investigation into a suspected abduction attempt. The investigation played out last week without resolve because the suspect — he’s no longer a suspect, of course — was arrested and jailed in an unrelated domestic violence case, Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said.

Police had no idea the 43-year-old Oakland Avenue man had any involvement in the puppyoffering incident. The man had no idea either, and he didn’t find out about the abduction report until he was released from a jail a few days later, Klamar said.

”He didn’t even know this was going on,” Klamar said.

When the man caught wind of the abduction report, he immediately went to police. “He said, ‘I’m the guy with the puppy,’” Klamar said. “Sure enough, it was him.”

The man had been friends with the boy’s father, who died not long ago, Klamar said. When the boy’s mother looked into buying the boy a dog, the man told her he could help her out. He exchanged some text messages with the mother about a month ago, Klamar said.

”He even had the old messages still, regarding the puppy,” Klamar said. “(The mother) had been talking with this guy through texts, Facebook.”

On Aug. 26, the man dropped his children off down the street, then saw the 12-year-old boy walking in the area, Klamar said.

When he stopped to talk to the boy, “the kid didn’t recognize him,” Klamar said. The mother, meanwhile, forgot she talked to the man about a dog.

”It was a few weeks ago,” Klamar said. “She didn’t put two and two together. It didn’t pop into her head.”

Comments

sandtown born a...

Maybe going to the boys home for the puppy offering would have been more appropriate? Calling out to a young child from a car is exactly what responsible parents teach our kids to run from. I'm sure this wasn't a cheap investigation into something very easily avoided.

deertracker

Perhaps you are correct but maybe he was just trying to be nice to the kid since his dad died recently. I don't think anyone did anything wrong here.

sandtown born a...

Being nice is what the boy needs I simply said the approach needs adjusted

deertracker

Relax! I agree!

Stop It

I knew it wasn't real when the kid could describe everything about the man, the car and the dog but not remember the plates.

sandtown born a...

Oh it was a real situation just wasn't a threat

gene44870

Yea this thing turned out good and the child is safe and sound and no harm was going to come to the child .And thats what counts

donutshopguy

There are still a lot of good people in the world. I am very cautious about approaching any children without their parents present. Good deeds can sometimes be perceived in the wrong light in society today.

A few years ago, I drove past a 2 year old boy walking alone down a busy street. I pulled over and walked the boy to the nearest house looking for a parent. Things turned out OK but boy did I gets some looks from people driving past.