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Man Sought for Attempting to Abduct Cumberland Child

Posted May 11, 2007

— Detectives are searching for a man wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a 6-year-old child in Cumberland County.

According to the sheriff's office, Richard Lee Carmichael, Jr., 20, whose address is unknown, tried to pick up the girl from Ferguson Easley Elementary School at around 2 p.m. Thursday. The child, thinking her mother was driving the car, got in the vehicle with Carmichael and drove away.

The child’s mother, who was on the scene, notified authorities, who attempted to stop Carmichael’s vehicle. Carmichael abandoned the car a few blocks away from the school and fled on foot.

The child’s mother told investigators that Carmichael is a former boyfriend and they have had an ongoing domestic dispute. Carmichael was not given permission to pick up the child. He was also recently served with a no trespassing order from school officials.

Carmichael is described as a black male with medium build, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, red shorts and black, white and red Nike tennis shoes. He is known to frequent the Murchison Road area.

Authorities said Carmichael may be heading to the Wilmington area or New Jersey, where he once lived with family members.

Anyone with any information on Carmichael's whereabouts is urged to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • mywayofthinking May 12, 2007

    My niece is in 3rd grade. I went to check her out one day. OK..I knew about having to have my license with me. When I got there, I had to run my licence through a scanner and have my picture taken with a small camera that was attached. I'll admit I didn't like it because it was time consuming. When I read things like this.....well let's just say its time well spent.

    My husband and I also had to do this when we went to her field day. It prints out a paper with your picture and name on it.

  • friendlylady May 12, 2007

    The title of this article need to be change to "Man sought in Kidnapping child from school." In reading this article he abandoned the car a few blocks after he had drove away with the child. meaning he actually took/kidnapped the child...

  • friendlylady May 11, 2007

    Ok,first of all he need to be charge with violating a no trepassing order.Not pointing the finger, but the mother should've told the child not to approach Carmichael,talk with him or leave with him. Hopefully, she will leave this BUM alone. The child was very familiar with the car. We need to talk with our children about the danger of people. This child probably didn't think any was wrong because "mommy" had him as a boyfriend.

  • spiritwarriorwoman May 11, 2007

    This wasn't the school's fault. The child was beyond the school grounds, according to my understanding.

    I also do NOT see where the child was his, only that the child's mother and he had once dated.

    Thank God the mother and the authorities were quick and the child is safe.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • All American May 11, 2007

    I read that wrong...... sorry didnt see it was his child
    MY BAD

  • feyerdncr May 11, 2007

    At my daughter's school, all you need to pick up a child in the car pool lane is a piece of paper with your child's name on it. Anyone could pick up your child and the child could get in the car before he/she notices that it's not one of their "safe friends". Any extra amount of time that it takes to make sure that whomever is picking up a child is allowed to do so is worth it.

  • skinnycow May 11, 2007

    Thank goodness his attempt failed. God only knows what he would have done if he was able to succeed. People involved in domestic disputes dont think rationally. And this could have been another tragic story for us to comment on. Hope they catch that durty bird.

  • -info- May 11, 2007

    true, love my boys, but did you add additional index cards with 12 additional names through the year and multiply that by who knows how many kids in just one school?? I am glad more doesnt happen to the poor kids...

  • -info- May 11, 2007

    yes they need to be careful and the majority try, but there was a time half the people showing up to pick up kids werent last nights guest and it was easier..........point blank....pure and not so simple...

  • Love my boys May 11, 2007

    There is more to this story. Many moms and dads work every day and can't pick up their children from school. That's when grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings come in.