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Police: Man attempted to abduct, kill two children from Chapel Hill Montessori school

Posted August 16
Updated August 17

— Chapel Hill police on Wednesday arrested a man who they said attempted to abduct two students from a preschool.

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person at the Montessori Academy at 1510 E. Franklin Street just after 12 p.m. after a caller told authorities a man had walked to the fence around the school and was threatening to physically harm students.

Police said Richard Donnell Mangum, 48, of Chapel Hill grabbed two students and attempted to pull them over the fence before teachers intervened.

According to a search warrant, Mangum also threatened to kill and cremate the children.

Police: Man attempted to abduct two children from Chapel Hill Montessori school

Mangum fled the area and was arrested at a nearby Walgreens store.

Mangum was charged with two counts of felony child abduction, two counts of misdemeanor simple assault and two counts of misdemeanor communication of threats. He was being held at the Orange County jail under $40,000 secured bond.

On Thursday, Mangum was scheduled to make his first court appearance, but refused to go before the judge.

According to the Montessori Academy's website, the school serves students between the ages of one and six.

Mangum has a criminal history dating back to the 1990s, and including charges of larceny, assault on an officer and drug infractions, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Police did not know Mangum's motive.

His bond was set at $100,000.

Police: Man attempted to abduct two children from Chapel Hill Montessori school


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  • Eric Rothman Aug 17, 11:48 a.m.
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    Criminal record since 1990 and still free? That is what's wrong with our society!

  • Haley Sessoms Aug 17, 7:33 a.m.
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    Schwack him!!!

  • Wayne R. Douglas Aug 17, 1:10 a.m.
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    Dude has done a lot of drugs. Thank God the teachers were there and paying attention. I wonder if he is related to the other brain dead Mangum, who took up so much news space.

  • Linda Tally Aug 16, 9:54 p.m.
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    This guy is clearly deranged. Hope they keep him for a long time where he can't injure himself or anyone else.

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 16, 9:18 p.m.
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    what is wrong with people? smh