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2 People Who Tried to Abduct 15-Year-Old Still At-Large

Posted June 27, 2007
Updated June 28, 2007

— Wake County Sheriff’s officials are looking for two people who attempted to abduct a 15-year-old Wakefield High School student Monday night.

The teen was approached by two people in a white cargo van about 7:50 p.m. Monday on Tharrington Drive, authorities said. The people were wearing masks.

Authorities said the teen managed to kick open the back of the van and escape. Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison is asking for the public's help.

"Getting the public involved is always good. They are the eyes and ears of the community. They see things, and they see unusual things we may not see when we get there," he said.

Wakefield Principal Mark Savage left messages for parents alerting them about what happened.

No arrests have been made at this time, but anyone who saw a white cargo van about that time in that area is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 919-856-6900.


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  • chilltexas Jun 28, 2007

    OK, I am reading all these posts and the people "doubting this happened" really don't have all the information. She didn't "break free with her dog". She has a border collie that was just standing there barking the entire time and once she broke free and started running the dog followed her. There was also another neighbor that saw the van in the neighborhood and confirmed exactly the description of the men and vehicle. So while you sit there and judge how she was "acting" and "moving around" think about if it were to happen to your child and you read these posts because they were not "acting right". There must be some shock involved and I am certain if something like this happened it would seem like a blur! Just something to think about :)

  • I just care Jun 28, 2007

    By the way you also have to remember she was out walking her dog when this happened from what the news last night said. And she did all that, and broke free with her dog and all....... Yeah Right........

  • I just care Jun 28, 2007

    I saw this on the news last night, and there is something missing, I really do not think this happened. The way she was talking, moving, and it seemed like she was trying to remember what she had said to someone earlier. I don't know for sure no one will, but I think she is lying through her teeth. Sorry

  • lolly Jun 28, 2007

    I understand the forum posters who say that the rich should not get special treatment; however, if kids are reporting attempted kidnappings over the course of several months, I'd like RPD to swing through the neighborhood every once in a while until there is some resolution. I am soft hearted about kids, I guess...

  • sweettee Jun 28, 2007

    I have to agree with you LADY1, I said that last night when I heard it on the news.

  • FlSunshine Jun 28, 2007

    One thing I forgot...in self defense classes they say you should yell "Fire" instead of "Help." They say yelling "Fire" is more likely to get a response considering people's inclination "not to get involved." Trust your instincts. If your "gut" tells you something is wrong or questionable trust that instinct. So what if you are wrong...better safe than sorry.

  • FlSunshine Jun 28, 2007

    Kids should be taught to kick, scream, fight...do whatever it takes to get peoples attention and/or get away....This goes against the grain of what most of us feel...this is one time you need to be the center of attention. Once an abductor has you most of the time it is too late.

  • abigail68 Jun 28, 2007

    "NEVER let your child walk alone."
    It can happen to the richest or the poorest child.
    It's not the money or where you live:
    It can happen to anyone!

  • RTPMedic Jun 28, 2007

    Amen, meandyou.

  • meandyou Jun 28, 2007

    Whether you live in Wakefield,Raleigh,Durham or Youngsville.
    The focus is not on the area or the police it is on the fact that someone is trying to abduct our children.