Fayetteville sex offender accused of trying to abduct boy
Posted March 22, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville police arrested a registered sex offender Thursday who is accused of trying to abduct an 11-year-old boy last month.
Surveillance video shows a man identified as Patrick Maurice Woodruff, 43, of 6573 Vineyard Drive, talking to the boy and attempting to lure him away from his father inside the Cumberland County Department of Social Services on Feb. 18, police said.
The boy refused Woodruff's advances and ran to his father to report what happened, police said. The boy wasn't harmed.
"I just said to him, 'Why did you ask my son to go with you? What's going on with you?' He said, 'Your son is lying,'" the boy's father said Friday. "This guy must have really been desperate with his needs to still try and pursue my son, knowing that I was standing right there."
Woodruff is charged with attempted child abduction and was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $70,000 bond.
He has convictions from 1996 and 2002 for taking indecent liberties with a minor, according to state Department of Public Safety records. Authorities said the children in those cases were 8 and 13.
"Never take for granted that your children are safe," the Fayetteville boy's father said. "There's no telling what he might have done."