Attempted abductions ruled mistaken identity; With additional comments from DA investigator

August 8, 2019 | Headlines

District attorney investigator Mike Garcia adds the following information to the story. The pair in the truck thought the first subject was a relative. It was not. Garcia said the pair stated the juvenile looked like a relative. The pair did say hello to the second juvenile at the intersection and the third juvenile saw the truck but was not approached.

Attempted abductions ruled mistaken identity


NEWKIRK — The Kay County Sheriff’s Department, Newkirk police and the district attorney’s office has concluded the investigation into three reported attempted abductions and report that no criminal intent on behalf of the individuals in the pickup was found.

In a press release KSO reports that the individuals in the pickup identified who they thought was a distant family member’s child walking on the side of the road. The temperature and extreme heat index on Aug. 7 was between 95 degrees and 110 degrees. The couple made contact with the juvenile and offered a ride home. The child declined and the pair departed the area. Investigators believe the incident is a case of mistaken identity.
Interviews were conducted with all three alleged victims of the possible attempted child abductions.
Undersheriff Sean Grigsba said the juveniles did the right thing by contacting their parents and later involving law enforcement. “If you see something say something,” he said. “If it doesn’t feel right it is probably not right and call 911.” The incidents were reported to Newkirk police Wednesday afternoon. (See story)