Police: Child abduction report was falsified

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- A 12-year-old girl who claimed four men attempted to kidnap her Friday evening was not telling the truth, detectives from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office now believe.

The 12-year-old girl said the incident happened about 4 p.m. as she walked in the area of Maximus Drive and Zeus Place in Highlands Ranch.

“What was reported was there were four Hispanic males. They were in a dark-colored sedan, described possibly as silver. And basically, these individuals tried to grab this young child,” says Sgt. Ron Hanavan of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The girl reported that she was able to escape to safety. Some neighbors questioned not only how a young girl escapes the clutches of several men, but question whether the attempted abduction happened at all.

“It’s usually one person…Somebody trying to do this in middle of the day, it just doesn’t add up. But you have to look at everything and investigate it,” said neighbor Eric Peterson.

Police are still working to determine whether false reporting charges will be pressed, and against whom.