Rockton Police determine Oct. 13 attempted kidnapping a hoax
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As a result of a continuous investigation, Rockton Police have determined the allegations of an attempted child abduction Oct. 13 were a hoax.
“The officers worked tirelessly, along with the community, to ensure there was closure in this case,” said Rockton Police Sgt. Matt Hollinger.
Along with fielding numerous tips throughout the day, the Rockton Police and School Resource Officers within the Rockton School District and Hononegah School District worked with school administration to alert parents and students.
Some students received a refresher course on child safety involving strangers before they left for the day.
In addition, parents were notified through the automated phone system that an alleged abduction attempt had occurred.
In the afternoon, Rockton officers conducted an informational roadside checkpoint on Nazarene Road, where the event allegedly occurred. The checkpoint was initiated to gather information from motorists as to their recollection of any events from the previous day.
“The checkpoint was ultimately what resolved the situation,” Hollinger said.
Through information gathered at the checkpoint, officers focused their attention on speaking again with the victim. In the end, the teen-age victim from South Beloit provided a fictitious story to police. She was charged with felony filing a false police report.
“Although this event proved to be false, the Rockton community still deserves praise for their efforts in taking steps to ensure that our children are safe,” Hollinger said.
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