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Police Still Searching for Kidnapper

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Sgt. McIntosh speaks to students
FAYETTEVILLE — Every year, thousands of children arelured into dangerous situations by people who use anything, from candy tomoney, 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 atleast nine different abductions orabduction attempts, but hasnot targeted any particular area. He has chosen areas near schools bothwithin the city limits and in outlying areas of the county, and hasreleased each of the children he abducted. He most oftenapproaches in a light-colored car, often coming from behind, and in somecases threatens to harm the children he stalks.

So far, he has managed to elude police, but police are battling back bygiving tips directly to students. Sgt. Steve McIntosh of the FayettevillePolice 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 getinto a stranger's car.

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

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

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