SG police on child abduction report: ‘Intent was not criminal’

By on April 8, 2011

STORY UPDATED: April 8, 2011 @ 11:36 a.m.
From the Sugar Grove Police Department

On April 7, Sugar Grove Police stopped and identified the elderly couple involved in what was reported to be an attempted abduction of an 11 year old boy.

While the incident occurred exactly as reported, fortunately the motive was not criminal.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. a Sugar Grove Police officer stopped a vehicle in the Prestbury subdivision. The vehicle and its occupants matched the description given to police by the 11 year old boy. The elderly couple were in the subdivision to pick up their grandchild at the school bus stop. Further investigation determined that they were the couple involved however there was never any intent to abduct a child.

Earlier in the day the daughter of the couple contacted police stating that based on what she had read in the press, she believed that her parents could be the subjects. She advised police that her father often times would give children at the bus stop candy. She also stated that he had been warned not to do that because most people would not understand his intent.

The police would like to thank the residents for their assistance. Many calls were received that aided in identifying the couple.

Original story posted April 7, 2011 @ 9:44 a.m.:
Child reports possible attempted abduction in SG
Sugar Grove—An 11-year-old boy, who lives in the Strafford Woods subdivision in Sugar Grove, reported an incident of possible child abduction to police on Tuesday afternoon.

In that report, the boy told police that when he arrived home on the school bus at approximately 3:45 p.m., he saw a red vehicle parked in the cul-de-sac. As he walked to his residence the vehicle pulled up next to him. The boy stated that it was driven by an elderly woman with grey hair and a pale complexion. An elderly male passenger with grey hair and about the same age offered him some candy. The boy then ran home to report the incident to his mother.

Further investigation found that a similar vehicle was seen in the Prestbury subdivision last week. That vehicle was reported to be an older red SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer. The description of the driver and passenger was the same as the boy’s description.

Police ask that if anyone sees this vehicle, do not take any direct action. Observe the vehicle, obtain as much information as possible—especially the license plate number—and then call 911.

Anyone who may have seen this vehicle is asked to contact the Sugar Grove Police Department at (630) 466-4526.