Child abduction attempt reported in Bedford


June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Bedford are asking for your help in locating a red, 4-door pickup believed to be involved in an alleged abduction attempt. According to Bedford Police Chief Jeremy Holben, the driver of the pickup is wanted for questioning in connection with Wednesday’s incident.

Holben says an “older looking” male tried to entice a child to his vehicle by offering candy. The child’s mother was nearby, and escorted her child away from the scene. Chief  Holben says since the man’s intentions are unclear, authorities  want to question him about the incident. He was last seen driving the pickup in the 1100 block of Bent Street in Bedford. No other description of the vehicle is available. Anyone with information about this person in-question, is asked to phone the Bedford Police Department at 523-2128.

Other attempted child abductions were reported over the past couple of weeks in the Union County communities of Lorimor and Afton. In those instances, a man in a white van stopped children and attempted to lure them into his vehicle by asking the kids if they would like to buy a puppy, or help him locate a lost dog. A man whose vehicle matched the description given by the children was questioned, but denied any wrongdoing.

Attempts to abduct children were also reported to have occurred last month, in Perry, and Pleasant Hill.