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Miami Township police want to assure the public that a report of an attempted child abduction in the Quail Run subdivision of Miami Township is unfounded. Various comments about the incident on the social media website, Nextdoor, have caused unnecessary concern among some neighbors, but after thorough investigation, officers say no attempted abduction occurred.
Investigators say a woman called the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center at 8:10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, to report that an unknown man tried to abduct her daughter. She called nearly an hour after the incident, telling the dispatcher the incident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. In the call to police, she says:
“We just had a guy try to take our little girl. He pulled up in front of our house and got halfway into our garage and my husband came out and saw him and he ran away.”
The mother also posted a warning to neighbors on the popular website, Nextdoor, which triggered several comments from worried neighbors.
Miami Township officers who responded to the scene to investigate interviewed the parents again about what occurred. While speaking to the officers, the parents denied that an attempted abduction occurred. The father did say he saw a man at the street end of the driveway but did not see him enter the garage. His daughter told police she saw no one. He said:
“They were like a few steps into our driveway up toward the garage.”
Officers conducted a thorough investigation and did not locate a suspicious man, but they did add extra patrols in the area.
“We want our residents to call us anytime they see something suspicious,” said Miami Township Police Chief Ronald Hess. “But, we don’t want anyone to make a situation worse by embellishing what happened on social media. It is very easy for social media sites to invoke panic and we want to avoid that from happening.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2018
Contact: Capt. John Magill, Miami Township Police Department