Tuesday, October 26, 1999

Girl, 11, accused of false alarm

She told police a man tried to abduct her

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — An 11-year-old girl who claimed a man tried to abduct her on Ward Koebel Road was charged Monday with making a false alarm.

        Warren County Sheriff Tom Ariss said the girl recanted her story late last week after investigators interviewed her for a second time about the alleged incident.

        The girl told deputies initially that she got off the school bus and was getting the mail in front of her home when a man in a dark-colored car with rust on it pulled up.

        The girl said the man, who was wearing a leather jacket and blue jeans, ordered her to get into the car and threatened to shoot her if she didn't. She told police that she ran away. Her story drew widespread attention because of the recent serial rapes in the Tristate. Detectives spent two days talking to workers and residents in the immediate area, who said they saw nothing suspicious, sheriff's officials said.

        Prosecutor Tim Oliver met with a sheriff's detective Monday to determine if the case warranted criminal charges.

        “It's not only the problem of upsetting the neighbors; they had a lot of police manpower out there beginning to look for a non-existent person. It's a waste of law enforcement assets,” Mr. Oliver said.

        The girl will be summoned to appear in Warren County Juvenile Court on the delinquency charge in about two weeks, he said.


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