Laurel Police are now saying an incident they reported as the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old boy at a bus stop was not an abduction attempt after all, but was a "misunderstanding," after two men discussed the incident with police on Friday, Aug. 31.
The men told police they read a description of the incident in the Aug. 30 Laurel Leader, which reported that on Aug. 22 two men in a work van had offered a toy truck to an 11-year-old middle school student who was waiting alone at his bus stop at Arbory Court and Van Dusen Road. Police reported that one man left the truck and slowly approached the boy, continuing to offer the toy, and the boy fled and contacted his parents. Witnesses told police they had seen the van picking up scrap in the neighborhood just prior to when the boy was approached.
The men told Laurel Police they realized they were the two men described in the incident.