Parker officials: Attempted child abduction a 'misunderstanding'

Delivery man was trying to get directions

PARKER, Colo. -  

A near abduction in Parker on Sunday turned out to be a misunderstanding.

Parker police originally said a child was approached by a white male in a black, four-door sedan, on Broadmoor Drive just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

A photo of the vehicle was released on Sunday. The driver of the vehicle contacted police and explained his actions.

"He was looking for an address in the neighborhood. He did see the young man at the intersection on his bike, and then he had waved the young man across the intersection and then he left the area," said Parker Police Lt. Sam Realmuto.

It's the second near abduction misunderstanding in two weeks.

On Oct. 13, a teen in Golden said a man in a blue sedan tried to get him into his car. The teen's mom also snapped a photo of the vehicle. Later that night, the man contacted investigators and told them, he was trying to get the teen to go to his ex-girlfriend's house and knock on the door.

"Adults should be aware that maybe it's not the best thing to approach a child or a kid on the street and ask for directions, or engage them in any type of conversation. That way it does not convey the wrong message or involve police action," said Realmuto.

Arvada Police continue to investigate two unsolved child enticement cases.

In two separate cases, kids told police a man tried to get them into his car by offering candy. The first attempt was outside of Fitzmorris Elementary on Sept. 9. The second attempt was near Quaker Acres Park on Sept. 12. Arvada Police did not alert the public until after Sept 12.

"That was when we said, 'OK, we have a pattern here, let's go to the public with it,'" said Arvada Police spokeswoman Jill McGranahan. "When we received the report on Sept. 9, we had no other case that was similar or to compare it to."

Now that police are getting more near abduction reports, 7NEWS asked if the reports ending up as misunderstandings are causing more harm.

"That is our fear, that if you put these out all the time, it becomes, 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf,' and we are afraid the public won't take it seriously," said McGranahan. "If they think something is truly suspicious, call us because we would rather be sure than to miss something."

Parker Police alerted the public to its near abduction because it had a photo of the vehicle. Without it, there likely would not have been enough information for the public to help.

"We'd rather have the result that we had today than have a tragedy within our community," said Realmuto.

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