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Kidnap try at church event



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A man in his 40s allegedly tried to lure a 9-year-old boy attending Vacation Bible School at Charlton Baptist Church, above, into his vehicle, according to the school’s director and Charlton police. Teresa A. Franco. (click for larger version)
July 25, 2010
CHARLTON — A man wandering into the Charlton Baptist Church Bible school program followed a young boy outside and attempted to lure him into his vehicle Friday afternoon, according to the program director.

Charlton Police Chief James Pervier said that around noon Friday, the 9-year-old boy said he was approached by a white male in his 40s, with white hair, a mustache, a goatee and a dark-colored cowboy hat on his head. The man talked with the boy, Pervier said, which made the boy nervous enough to walk away. The man got into a brown-colored vehicle, Pervier said, and drove away.

The boy ran to his mother, who was at the school and had already signed him out, and told her what happened, said Vacation Bible School Director Kathleen Berg.

A notice was distributed to parents informing them of the incident. It read, in part: "This afternoon a stranger came to the church and approached a child. The child quickly went to an adult and the police were notified. We are very thankful to God that the child was not harmed, but only frightened. By recommendation of the police, we are asking you to keep a close eye on your children."

Pervier said there were about 100 people in the church of the time. Police searched the area, he said, but were unable to find anyone matching the man's description. The chief urged anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Charlton police at (508) 248-2250.

Teresa A. Franco may be reached at (508) 909-4136, or by e-mail at tfranco@stonebridgepress.com.

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