Police: Attempted abduction a misunderstanding

April 19, 2011 4:35:59 PM PDT
Pearland police say the suspects who were believed to be involved in the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl were actually searching for a lost dog.

Police said a parent called them late Tuesday afternoon to notify them that his son had been driving the white truck involved in the Monday night incident to look for a lost dog, according to a Pearland Police Department statement.

The three boys inside the truck tried to flag down an 11-year-old girl bike riding in the Lakes of Highland Glen subdivision off Pearland Parkway to ask her for help. The girl got scared and when she rode off, they followed her to calm her down. The boys reportedly left the area after the girl got home.

The girl's parents called police to notify them of the alleged abduction attempt, and a neighbor who had a surveillance camera installed at her home turned over to police the footage of the truck driving in the area.

The girl had described the suspects as being in their 30s and 40s, but her initial reports appear to be inaccurate.

"In the end, the young girl reacted properly and her parents were right to call police," the police department stated.

Police say the teens involved in the incident were counseled on approaching younger children on the road and were released. No charges will be filed against them.

The police department also has posted stranger danger tips for parents on its Facebook page.

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