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New Attempted Abduction Report, And A Fake One In 24 Hours

Florida State University PD

As law enforcement officers investigate More than half-a-dozen attempted abductions of young women they’re facing distractions from false reports.

The latest confirmed attempt occurred Wednesday afternoon in Killearn. A 13-year-old said she was walking home from the bus stop when a man grabbed her from behind. The girl says she screamed and the suspect, fled on foot. Her report is the eighth attempted abduction reported to local law enforcement agencies this year. They’re taking the issue seriously. But their efforts are being slowed by false reports, such as one at Florida State university received Thursday morning.

A review of the claim determined it to be a fake report. According to FSU, The person who filed it, an 18-year-old FSU student, said the crime was quote: “made up in her mind.”

She’s been charged with making a false report, which is a misdemeanor. It’s the second false report of an attempted abduction that’s come in.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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