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Attempted Abductions Actually A Misunderstanding, Durham Police Say

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DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police say what was reported to them as an attempted abduction was actually a misunderstanding.

Police investigators said Tuesday they were looking for a man who had tried to lure a 4-year-old boy into his van on Saturday by promising him a teddy bear, but sped away when the child's mother approached. Then, on Monday, the man tried to snatch a 6-year-old girl when a neighbor intervened.

But after interviews over the last two days with the suspect, several neighbors and one of the children, police determined no crime had occurred, a police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said in a news release issued Wednesday morning.

The suspect, who was very cooperative in the investigation, will not be charged, Michael said. She did not say how the case was a misunderstanding.

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