Fortuna Police Use Spike Strips to Stop Suspect in Attempted Child Abduction Case
About 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Humboldt County Sheriff deputies received a report that man had attempted to abduct a child in the Bear River Rancheria area, according to spokesperson, Samantha Karges. A BOLO put over the scanner indicates that he offered drugs and demanded the girl get into his car.
Karges, Humboldt County Sheriff’s spokesperson said, “Upon further investigation, it appears no physical attempt to abduct the minor occurred. Rather, the suspect reportedly drove alongside the minor on Brenard Rd. and demanded that the minor get in the car. The minor refused and was able to get help.”
Dispatchers put out a description of the man and his vehicle. A Fortuna Police sergeant said that officers from his department recognized that the vehicle was one similar to that described in a reckless driving incident through a Rio Dell neighborhood. They were able to locate the vehicle.
According to a statement on the Fortuna Police Facebook page, officers pursued the suspect vehicle as the driver fled through town. The “[s]uspect yielded after spike strips were deployed on Main St.,” the page stated. Patrick Delaney was arrested.
Delaney has not yet been proved to be the man who allegedly accosted the child.
The mother of the 13-year-old victim writing on the 707 Humboldt Classified’s Facebook page said that man was released from the jail. Booking logs confirm that the man was “refused by medical.”
Karges, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said, “We are still investigating and have not formally charged anyone in relation to this case…We do not believe there is a threat to the public at this time.”
The mother of the child stated on the 707 Humboldt Classified’s Facebook page yesterday, “My baby tried to make herself look ugly last night, she said she didn’t want to be here anymore…she keeps asking “[M]ama, what if I wasn’t…[b]ig and I couldn’t run fast…[W]hat if it was a little girl?”