Local middle school student lied about kidnapping attempt

(City of Harker Heights photo/file)
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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) A local middle school student who told police that a man grabbed him and pushed him toward a vehicle as he walked to school in Harker Heights lied, police now say.

“Our follow up investigation and a subsequent interview of (the) reported victim revealed that there was not an attempted abduction,” Harker Heights police Chief Mike Gentry said in an email Wednesday evening.

“The teenager was in fact late for school and constructed the tale as an excuse for the tardiness,” Gentry said.

“The conduct of the teenager will be evaluated to determine if a chargeable offense was committed,” he said.

The 13-year-old boy told officers he was walking to Union Grove Middle School at around 7:50 a.m. Tuesday when a man drove up in a black SUV with dark tinted windows that may have been a Chevrolet Tahoe.

The boy said the man asked him if he wanted a ride to school and said than when he refused, the man got out, grabbed him by the shoulder and pushed him toward the SUV.

The boy told officers the approach of another vehicle thwarted the abduction attempt, and the man got back into the SUV and drove off.

The teenager provided a description of his supposed kidnapper that included such details as the brand of shoes and sunglasses the man was wearing.

The incident prompted the Killeen ISD to notify parents and provide them with a safety letter that recommended parents have a discussion with their children about precautions to take when walking to or from school.