Police Investigaton: No Abduction Attempt
A Barrington police investigation into a report of a "strange" man trying to pick up three boys on Oct. 3 turns out to be an attempt at a good deed.
There was no attempted abduction in Barrington last week. That does not mean children should ever accept offers of a ride with a stranger.
A Barrington police investigation into the complaint lodged on Oct. 4 by the mother of a boy who said a “strange” man asked him and two other boys if they wanted a ride home turned out to be an attempt at doing a good deed.
The boys, all pupils at Hampden Meadows School, had just been dropped off at a school bus stop at Mathewson Road and County Road.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said the use of the term “abduction” was probably too strong a word for the incident because the man did not attempt to force or lure the boys into his car.
Typically, the police chief said, someone who attempts an abduction will use candy or ask a child for help in finding a lost puppy.
“But the kid did the right thing,” LaCross said. “He reported it as he should have.”
As it turned out, the police chief said, the so-called stranger in the vehicle was known to at least one of the other boys. He was simply offering them a ride home on a rainy day, the chief said.
“We found the person in the vehicle,” LaCross said. “He was just a neighbor who knew the boys from his neighborhood.”
No one knew that, however, when the “suspicious condition” was reported to police, and the mother asked for a watch on that same day to see if anyone returned.