Girl made up attempted abduction story

Published On: Oct 16 2013 07:53:52 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2013 10:20:48 AM CDT
(WICHITA, Kan.) -

Wichita Police say a 9-year-old girl made up a story about a man who tried to kidnap her at gunpoint on her way to school Wednesday morning.

The girl told police a man pointed a gun at her near Caldwell Elementary, and told her to get into the car. The girl said she ran away.

During a police briefing Thursday, authorities said the girl and her father told police the story was a hoax. Our news partners at KFDI report the girl played out a fear of kidnapping, that led her to make up a fantasy about something happening.

No charges will be filed.


Police say someone tried to kidnap a young girl outside Caldwell Elementary this morning. They are searching for the suspect, described as a black man in his 40s with a slender build, balding with hair on the sides.

The suspect was last seen driving a car with damage to the passenger side. It also may have black stripes on the door.

A Wichita Public Schools spokesperson says the girl told police the man asked her to get into his car, and said he would shoot her. The man didn't get out of his car or try to grab her. The child ran away and told someone at the school what happened.

Lt. Sam Hanley said Wichita Police were called to Caldwell, 1441 S. Edgemoor in southeast Wichita, around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The school was not put on lockdown.

Anyone with possible information about the suspect is asked to call 911.

Video: Police describe suspect who tried to kidnap student