Mom: ‘Abduction’ a misunderstanding

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — An incident being called a child abduction in Kalamazoo was actually a misunderstanding, the mother of the boy involved told 24 Hour News 8.

Around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, a frantic mother called 911, saying her 9-year-old son had been abducted.

She told police a man had enticed her son into his black Dodge Charger in the area of Edwin and Charles avenues. Witnesses said the vehicle had sped away with the boy inside.

KDPS said officers soon tracked the rented Charger to a residence in the 6000 block of Gull Road, where the boy was found unharmed. A 32-year-old Kalamazoo man with him was taken into custody, police say.

The boy was back with his mother within two hours of officers’ first response, KDPS says.

24 Hour News 8 spoke with the boy and his mother as they left the police department.

They said the situation was a misunderstanding. The alleged “victim” said he knew the man, his mother said, and had asked him for a ride to the store.

She said the man should get a “slap on the wrist” for taking the boy without her permission, but says the man was simply trying to “be nice.”


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