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Police Still Searching for Kidnapper

Posted April 15, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Every year, thousands of children are lured into dangerous situations by people who use anything, from candy to money, to tempt them. In Fayetteville and elsewhere in Cumberland County, someone is preying on children and, so far, has been getting away with it.

The man pictured in a composite drawing at left is suspected in at least nine different abductions or abduction attempts, but has not targeted any particular area. He has chosen areas near schools both within the city limits and in outlying areas of the county, and has released each of the children he abducted. He most often approaches in a light-colored car, often coming from behind, and in some cases threatens to harm the children he stalks.

So far, he has managed to elude police, but police are battling back by giving tips directly to students. Sgt. Steve McIntosh of the Fayetteville Police Department spoke to children at school.

Fellow first-grader Michael Cheatham says he learned something, too.

Sgt. McIntosh emphasized to the children that they should never get into a stranger's car.

Police would like help from the public. If you have any idea who the kidnapper might be, you are asked to call Fayetteville Cumberland Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (910-483-8477).

The man is believed to be between 25 and 30-years-old and may be driving a light-colored 1980's model Monte Carlo or Grand Prix.