Lexington PD investigates possible child abduction Thursday evening
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Shortly after 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening, officers from the Lexington Police Department responded to a reported child abduction in a central portion of the town of Lexington. Officers immediately responded to the scene while telecommunications operators worked feverishly to try and gather more information regarding the incident.
According to the details that were being broadcast to officers across the county, a white male driving a brown, perhaps gray, or possibly even golden Toyota Tacoma pickup truck took a 12-year-old boy from a location not far from the intersection of West Main and Columbia Avenue. The man was thought to be the boy’s grandfather. According to the preliminary information that was coming from the officers on the scene, it was believed that the man did not have custodial rights to the child.
Lexington officers began to deploy to the main thoroughfares out of town in an attempt to spot the truck and initiate a traffic stop. They quickly had cruisers cover the main interstate ramps at I-20 at Sunset Boulevard, I-20 at Augusta Road, I-20 at South Lake Drive, and other key roads that lead in and out of the town. While this was being done, more information was being gathered and a broadcast was made to other agencies to be on the lookout for the vehicle. It was believed that the man may have been from the Charleston area of the state and could have been trying to return there.
The suspect was described as a white male who is approximately 5’ 7” tall with brown hair. He was thought to be wearing camo at the time of the alleged abduction. The child was described as a 12-year-old white male with brown hair and blue eyes.
As of Friday morning, the police department had not released any information on whether the man had been apprehended or if the boy had been found. It is important to note that this investigation was in its earliest stages last night. Officers were working diligently to review the events in this case to see if any laws actually had been broken and if so, what charges might be filed and against whom.
We have requested more information from the Lexington Police Department and will update this story as we receive that information.