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Police find no evidence of attempted abduction after man approaches child at Herkimer Walmart

Police were called to the Herkimer Walmart Wednesday evening after a drunk man approached a 12-year-old boy and offered to buy him a toy.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 12:55 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2020 1:14 PM

HERKIMER, N.Y. – Police were called to the Herkimer Walmart Wednesday evening after a man approached a 12-year-old boy and offered to buy him a toy.

Herkimer Police Chief Michael Jory says the incident was reported as a “possible attempted abduction,” but after reviewing surveillance footage, there was no physical contact between the man and the child.

Officers at the scene interviewed the boy's mother, who said she was there when the man approached her son, and asked him to leave them alone. According to Jory, the mother did not say the man tried to grab or otherwise detain the child during the incident. 

The officers were provided a description of the suspect, and searched the store and reviewed security footage to find him for an interview.

Officers located the suspect, who they say appeared to be drunk. The suspect became belligerent and had to be removed from the store so officers could continue the investigation.

Police advised the mother that she must make a statement for the police to pursue charges, but she chose not to make a statement at that time.

The suspect refused to leave the property after he was asked by both police and Walmart staff. He was then arrested and charged with trespassing. He was released on an appearance ticket, and is scheduled to return to village of Herkimer court at a later date.

Jory says the suspect’s name will not be released at this time, as more charges may be pending.

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