Explorer staff report

Pima County Sheriff's Department investigators have determined that a reported attempted abduction was a fabrication.

On Jan. 25, a 12-year-old girl reported to police that a man tried to kidnap her from a bus stop near Romero and Wetmore roads. After investigating the incident, sheriff's investigators with the Crimes Against Children Unit discovered the girl lied.

The girl was arrested and cited for false reporting of a crime to law enforcement. She was released to her parents.

Sheriff's officials do believe that a separate attempted abduction, reported by a 15-year-old girl on Jan. 19, is a legitimate report.

The girl said a male suspect approached her while she was walking to a bus stop near the intersection of Camino de Oeste and Ivory Rose. The man parked his truck near the bus stop and, armed with a pistol, ordered the girl to come with him. The girl was able to escape, running away from the man.

The man fled northbound in an early 1990s white Ford Ranger pickup truck with dark-tinted side and rear windows.

The suspect is described as white, in his early to mid-40s, with a thin build. He is approximately 6 feet tall with dark brown hair and wore a dark blue pullover sweater, light-colored blue jeans and brown hiking boots.

He was armed with a black and silver handgun.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.

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