Date of Incident: 11 October 2017
Location: Sharptown, MD
Narrative: On 12 October 2017, the Sheriff’s Office began investigating an incident that reportedly occurred the previous day at approximately 10 AM in Sharptown. The reported incident generated concern among local community members of a possible attempted abduction. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office can not substantiate those concerns. The investigation has only revealed a conversation that included a subject asking two juveniles on Main Street as to why they were not in school and where they were supposed to be. Due to student testing, many students had a delayed arrival and were picked up later in the morning on a second bus run. This information regarding the conversation between this subject was the same information that was relayed to the Sheriff’s Office the previous evening at 6:04 PM when the initial complaint regarding this incident was telephoned into the Sheriff’s Office. At no time was it implied that this individual attempted to either abduct or entice these children into his vehicle.
The deputy investigating this incident also checked the town looking for a vehicle that matched the description provided to no avail.
The investigation included meeting with those who made the original report and as of now, there is no indication that an attempted abduction was planned nor is there information indicated this unknown individual attempted to coax these individuals into his vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to remain vigilant and to always report suspicious activity to the non-emergency line at 410-548-4890