Follow-up investigation on attempted kidnapping

CLEVELAND, February 12, 2016 – An extensive follow-up investigation and interview with the 13 year old boy and his mother in this case by Liberty County Sheriff’s lead investigator Sgt. Jeff Ashworth has changed the circumstances of this case as it was originally reported. As a result of Sgt. Ashworth’s more in depth investigation, he has been advised by the young boy’s mother that she would not file any charges and prosecute the suspects even if they were located. It appears from Sgt. Ashworth’s investigation, that in the initial high stress stages of the case and due to being very upset and emotional there were some miscommunications, misunderstandings and assumptions of some of the facts and how events actually took place.

Much of the circumstances appears to remain the same as first reported but with a more thorough interview by Sgt. Ashworth it was found that when the gold Lincoln automobile slowly approached the young boy, it was only the driver who was wearing a mask. As the car pulled alongside the student, the driver told him to “get in the car”. It was at this point, according to the boy, that he saw two subjects in the front seat and three more male subjects in the back seat. He also looked down inside the car and saw a small black gun lying on the “hump” of the front floor board but at no time did anyone point the gun at him according to the student. The young man ignored the instructions to get in the car as he continued to walk towards his home. Once inside his house, it is reported that the five subjects in the gold Lincoln pulled into the drive way. One of the subjects is reported to have gotten out of the car and looked through a window into the house. This subject then got back into the car and all five left together in the vehicle.

Sgt. Ashworth reported that in his interview with the mother of the young boy, she told the Sergeant that she wanted all this to “be over” and that she would not file any charges on the subjects even if they were located. Due to the facts now discovered by Sgt. Ashworth any charges that might be filed would be minor misdemeanor charges as it now appears there was no actual threat involving the firearm and the student.

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