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Man Sought for Attempting to Abduct Cumberland Child

Posted May 11, 2007 11:21 a.m. EDT

— 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.