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Concord police: Attempted abduction of girl was made up

The Concord police now believe an attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl reported in November was made up.

“The story was not true,” Concord police Lt. Tim O’Malley said. “We conducted subsequent interviews and we believe, based on those interviews, that this was fabrication.”

There is no threat to the public, O’Malley said.

An 11-year-old girl reported to the police on Nov. 29 that a man approached her in front of the Concord City Auditorium, grabbed her by the arm and said, “You need to follow me to my car.” At the time the police called the incident especially alarming because it was believed to have taken place while other witnesses were in the area.

Officials released a sketch of the suspect, based on a description by the girl. But O’Malley said detectives quickly ruled out any tips that came in from people who said they knew someone matching the photo.

After interviewing the girl several more times, O’Malley said the police now believe she was not approached by anyone.

“The person does not exist,” he said. “We arrived at the conclusion this was not accurately portrayed. And the suspect we had originally does not exist.”

O’Malley said it is still unclear why the girl reported the attempted abduction.

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