Police urge caution after alleged abduction attempt

August 31, 2010 10:32:00 AM



Columbus police are urging caution after an attempted child abduction was reported Friday night. 


Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of 22nd Street North in reference to a suspicious person in the neighborhood, said Columbus Police Department Public Information Officer Terrie Songer.  


The complainant said "an older white male," driving a white two-door pickup, opened the door to the vehicle and tried to force her daughter and a female friend, both 13, into the vehicle. 


The truck''s Mississippi tag -- 4YC961 -- is not on file, Songer said, urging parents to talk to their children about taking caution when outside. 


"If they don''t know them, they shouldn''t talk to them," Songer said, offering a common-sense approach for children to follow. 


The complainant said it is not the first time a similar incident has happened with the same male subject in the area.