Glocester police say no criminal action in case of suspected abduction attempt


GLOCESTER – Glocester police say a man accused of attempting to abduct a cheerleader from Ponagansett High School had legitimate reasons to be on school grounds, and is not facing any charges.

According to a release from the department, the statement follows on incident that took place around noon on Sunday, June 20, in which a man approached a group of female students at practice and reportedly attempted to get them to enter his vehicle.

The man had left the scene by the time police arrived, according to reports.

“The initial report was that the vehicle was occupied by two males,” the release notes. “Through further investigation of this incident, vetting all information gathered, and after reviewing the school’s security cameras, it was found that the incident was not criminal in nature and that the involved persons had legitimate purpose to be on the school grounds.”

A post about the encounter by one cheerleader was widely shared on social media.

“Although at times certain persons and actions appear to be suspicious, this was not the case,” the release noted. “We continue to encourage people to report suspicious activity and/or crimes by contacting the Glocester Police at 568-2553 or in an emergency dial 911.”

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