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Homeless teen in custody for attempted kidnapping of 7-yr-old in Monroe

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An 18-year-old homeless man is the Monroe County jail charged with attempted kidnapping of a 7-year-old boy.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the attempted abduction took place on Saturday between 4 and 5 p.m. just south of the Kroger shopping plaza on South Monroe Street in Monroe Township.

A group of boys between the ages of 7 and 14 were riding their bikes to pick up some fast food. The oldest boy, aged 14, broke from the group and went to a different fast food restaurant.

That's when officers say an 18-year-old homeless man met up with the younger group and accompanied them to the restaurant. After eating, group of younger boys and the suspect began riding near a wooded lot. The suspect then grabbed the 7-year-old boy and attempted to pull him into the wooded lot.

The 14-year-old boy was returning to the group and saw what was happening. He raced to the 7-year-old's aid and intervened, pushing the suspect. According to the boys, the suspect claimed he was the 7-year-old's father. The kids were able to flee and later told their parents who called police.

Originally, deputies could not locate the suspect, but found him sleeping inside a tent on Sunday morning. He was arrested, questioned and taken to the Monroe County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 734-240-7530 or 734-240-7548.
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