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Orange kidnap attempt claim turns out to be false

An alley in the 800 block of North Battavia Street in Orange is seen.
August 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 7-year-old boy's claim that he was the victim of an abduction attempt in Orange turned out to be a hoax, police said Tuesday.

The boy told police that he was riding his bike in an alley when a man grabbed him around 6 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of North Battavia Street. The child said he managed to get free while yelling out "stranger danger." He said the man was driving a white or silver minivan.

Police said they conducted an investigation and found the man, who worked at a nearby business in a warehouse. Investigators said the boy rode his bike into the warehouse.

The man got upset and said he was going to find the boy's parents and tell them what he had done, according to investigators. The boy reportedly begged the man not to tell his parents and then stormed out.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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