Update: Pasco Parents on Edge After Kidnapping Attempt
Story Update 2/2/24
The Pasco Police Department says that after an investigation, the claims of a kidnapping in Pasco seem to be unfounded.
The department says it looked into the kidnapping near 9th and Court Street and said that they could not confirm the allegations.
The department said: “We can confirm that there is no current threat to the community.”
Pasco Parents on Edge After Kidnapping Attempt
Officers with the Pasco Police Department are looking into an attempted kidnapping in Pasco.
A Man in a Van Approached a Student in Pasco
The Department says a middle-aged man pulled up to a student along 9th and Court in a white van with no windows and offered them candy. The student ran from the man in the van to the Capitan Gray Elementary School’s campus and told a school staffer about what had happened.
Pasco Detectives are Actively Investigating the Attempted Kidnapping in Pasco
The staff member at the school in Pasco then called and reported the attempted kidnapping to the Pasco Police Department. Detectives say they are actively investigating the attempted abduction, and no arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the non-emergency dispatch number at (509) 628-0333.
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