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Teen reports child abduction, JSO: Man meant no harm

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Updated: 9/26/2013 12:11 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have canceled their investigation into a reported abduction, but say they are still trying to identify the boy at the center of the call.

A 14 year-old, who was walking home from school, says he saw an elderly man trying to lure a boy to his car with a stuffed animal. The teen went home and told his parents, who then called JSO.

Based on detailed description, police were able to find the man and his silver car on Aldington Drive. He was alone, and fully cooperated with investigators. His family tells police he likes to collect stuffed animals and give them away.

Since no child has been located, and there aren't any reports of one missing, police are now treating this like a normal investigation. The public is still encouraged to call if they see someone matching this description: white male with dark hair between the ages of six and eight, wearing black and white clothing, a Spider-Man backpack and sandals.

The teen first spotted him near the Family Dollar on Wilson Boulevard near Jammes Road. The 14 year-old is being praised for his quick thinking and decision to speak up when he saw something suspicious.

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nativejax - 9/26/2013 4:07 PM
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I agree Gunny48...With all the child pervs being released, why would ANY moral person be handing out toys to small kidsOUT OF HIS CAR? JSO needs to seriously watch this guy..his story sounds phony and like something Cherish's murderer would say to get out of being caught.

Gunny48 - 9/26/2013 9:14 AM
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Why in the world would an "elderly man" think a BOY would want a stuffed animal? It may be innocent but times have changed...

tlynn - 9/25/2013 10:57 PM
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So what is the story here? This intersection is patrolled by crossing guards…Were they interviewed? Is this a case of no harm/no foul? Police have cancelled the investigation…So…Are you(ActionNews) trying to make something out of nothing????
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