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St. Charles police: reported abduction attempt was ‘goodwill gesture’

Updated: March 15, 2014 6:23AM

ST. CHARLES — An incident at a bus stop this week was a misunderstanding, not an attempted abduction, St. Charles police said Thursday.

“It was a goodwill gesture done by a neighbor with no malicious intent,” St. Charles police spokesman Lisa Blackwell said Thursday morning.

On Tuesday, St. Charles police took a report of a suspicious incident involving a child at a bus stop that occurred Monday morning. After further investigation, police learned that the incident was not of a suspicious nature.

The alleged suspect in the incident, an older resident in the neighborhood, was located and police determined that the man regularly drives in the area and innocently stopped to offer the three children a ride because of the extremely cold weather.

Police previously reported the incident as an attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl. Police said that the teen was waiting at her bus stop near Turnberry Road and Royal Queens Court around 7:45 a.m. when she was approached by a man in a vehicle. The man asked the teen which school she attended and told her to get in his car, police said.

The teen told the man no, and he persisted.

When another teen told the man the bus would be there in a minute, he drove away, according to a report.

Blackwell said the St. Charles Police Department continues to urge citizens to call 911 when they see anything suspicious.

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