Investigation Ongoing After Reported Attempted Kidnapping of Child, Says Sheriff’s Office; No Crime Believed to Have Happened
Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, told us that her agency does not believe a crime was committed despite a report of an attempted kidnapping of a child in Myrtletown on Saturday evening between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on Park Street. The report which was spread widely on social media said that a white male in his 50’s with a “pronounced limp, black curly hair, receding hairline, & medium build…wearing a black vest, white T-shirt, jeans, and brown shoes” seized a six-year-old boy by the hand. Two youths intervened, according to the post.
Karges, however, explained that the deputy who investigated spoke with the child’s mother and doesn’t think that harm was intended. “[A]t this time, it is believed that the man was possibly an intoxicated passerby who gave the child a fist bump as he strolled through the neighborhood,” she told us. “[The incident] is not being investigated as an attempted kidnapping at this time, as it appears no crime actually occurred. However, the case is still under investigation and our agency welcomes any additional information the community has to provide.”
Karges says that the Sheriff’s Department encourages “the community to continue reporting suspicious circumstances to law enforcement.”
Use this incident as a prompt to talk with your children about what to do if approached by a stranger, she suggested. “Teaching your child basic self defense and stranger awareness is a great way to empower your child to make safe choices.”