REDONDO BEACH (CBS) — Redondo Beach police Friday said a report of an attempted abduction of an 8-year-old boy on Thursday afternoon turned out to be a “misunderstanding.”

Police had circulated a suspect and vehicle description after being told that a man tried to coax the boy into a car about 3 p.m. Thursday as the child walked home in the 2500 block of Huntington Lane. The boy told his mother, who called police.

“We have determined that the contact between the child and a neighbor was misconstrued,” Redondo Beach police Sgt. Fabian Saucedo said.

“There was no attempted abduction. The father of the boy knew the man, but the boy didn’t know that the father knew the man. It was a misunderstanding.”

Police had been investigating the possibility that the case was connected to several incidents in November, in which a man stalked and exposed himself to children in the beach city.

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Comments (5)
  1. TCB1 says:

    That sounds simply ridiculous….about as ridiculous as the school cop shooting himself…….just a misunderstanding.

  2. notlovinLA says:

    Better to be safe than sorry. The boy did the right thing and it’s good that it was just a “misunderstanding”. I don’t know what the adult was intending to do, but it wasn’t smart. I’d hope my kids would report a possible abduction to me too, and you can bet I’d call the police.

  3. Hannah_Smith20 says:

    I agree notlovinLA! It means that the kid knew what to do if someone tried to abduct him. We really need to prepare our children from any situation and we have to instill to their minds not to be afraid if they can spot dangers. I have a cellphone application for my kid which is very user friendly and can surely help them in times of trouble. In just a press of the panic button the kids can immediately notify their family and friends and if necessary can ask help to 911. It’s really very simple because even an eight year old kid can handle to use it. To know more about the service, check this out

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