UPDATE: Police Say Attmpted Abduction was 'Unfounded'

The alleged abduction took place near 4th Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.

UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Libertyville Police Sgt. Dennis Meserve said the previous reports of an attmpted child abduction in Libertyville "were unfounded."

Meserve said a 9-year-old boy made a false report. The matter will be handled with the boy's parents.


Original story, 4:15 p.m.: Libertyville Police are investigating an alleged attempted child abduction.

The alleged incident apparently took place while the child was walking home from school, according to the Lake/McHenry County Severe Weather Report Facebook page. According to the site's report, "two men in a white van tried abducting him in the area of 4th Avenue and Lincoln Avenue."

The Lake & McHenry County FD Incidents Facebook page posted this update a few minutes later: "Two male subjects with ski masks, one with light blond hair, and they tried to pull a kid into a car that was a red pickup truck older model." A site administrator stated on Facebook that their reports come from police scanners.

Libertyville Police Sgt. Dennis Meserve said police are on the scene investigating the alleged incident.

We will share updates as they become available.

Angela Sykora February 04, 2013 at 11:09 PM
That is the best outcome one could hope for in a situation like this. Glad to hear it wasn't true.
Angie Wallberg February 05, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Someone is going to have to pay for pulling this stunt! Hope he is made to understand that he pulled policemen away from checking true events, and that the cost of their investigation is substantial!
Sean G. February 05, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I don't get it... this type of report happens about every other year in Libertyville. I guess it's just a symptom of the paranoid society we have created with 24 breaking news, tweets, and texts.


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