UPDATE: The Bristol, Virginia Police Department says an investigation into a reported attempted abduction on Friday revealed that there was no such attempted abduction.
According to the police department, investigators reviewed video recorded by a camera on a school bus that shows what happened.
Police say the video shows a juvenile female walking on the sidewalk on Euclid Avenue west of the intersection of Lee Highway and Moore Street and a gold Ford Explorer stopped behind traffic at the intersection.
“A male passenger is observed getting out of the back seat of the Explorer and gesturing what appears to be goodbye to the other passengers in the Explorer,” the police department said in a press release update Friday night. “The male then turns and starts walking towards the sidewalk where the female was walking. The female becomes frightened and runs home from the area after she looks back at the male walking towards the sidewalk. The male keeps walking and does not appear to observe the female running. The male did not follow in the direction the female ran.”
After reviewing the video and determining there was no attempted abduction, the police department says it has concluded its investigation.
BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – The Bristol Virginia Police Department is investigating after two men allegedly attempted to kidnap a girl walking home from school.
According to BVPD Detective Sergeant Steve Crawford, the juvenile girl was walking home near the intersection of Lee Highway and Euclid Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3.
Crawford said the girl was walking home on her daily route from Virginia High.
The girl told investigators that a vehicle approached from behind her with two men inside.
Crawford told News Channel 11 the girl reported hearing one of them say “go get her.” At that time, one of the men got out of the vehicle and began following her on foot.
According to Crawford, the girl was not far from home and was able to run there and get inside safely.
“No one touched her, and no one ran after her from what she’s saying. But she was able to get somewhat of a description to us,” said Crawford.
The suspects left the area once she was home, according to Crawford.
The girl told investigators that she did not know the men. She described both men in the vehicle as Black men, and the one who exited was of average build.
Crawford said investigators currently believe the vehicle involved was a dark gray or charcoal Chevrolet Impala.
BVPD is seeking to identify the suspects and is searching for additional witnesses.
On Friday afternoon, Crawford told News Channel 11 investigators did acquire surveillance video that may show the incident. Crawford said he hoped to go through it with the girl’s family and determine what happened.
Crawford said this kind of incident is rare in the area.
“We’re blessed in this community with not a lot of random crime like this. But it’s still possible that we do have some things happen. The kids need to pay attention. And parents know what to tell their children. But just as anything, call us right away,” he said.
BVPD said a police report for the incident was not available while the investigation is ongoing.