A 12-year-old boy has admitted to making up a story that two men attempted to kidnap him Thursday in West Covina, police said Friday.
Two other reports — one that a girl was offered a ride by a man in a car and another of a girl being followed by someone in a vehicle — were not kidnapping attempts, police said.
The boy, a student at Traweek Middle School in the 1900 block of East Rowland Avenue, had claimed someone in a black Mercedes-Benz sedan approached him about 7:20 a.m. Thursday and as the driver attempted to lure him into the car, a second man on a bicycle tried to push him into the vehicle, according to the West Covina Police Department.
A day earlier, a 10-year-old girl reported a driver in the area Workman Avenue and Ellen Avenue offered her a ride home and a witness reported seeing a male in a black sedan following a second young girl in the area of Lark Ellen Avenue and Workman Avenue, police said.
Detectives investigated all three reports, West Covina police Sgt. Tim Rogers said.
The boy admitted to making up the attempted kidnapping story, Rogers said.
Detectives also determined there was no kidnap attempt of the 10-year-old girl and they were unable to locate a victim or the person who made the report of a girl being followed in the second case on Wednesday, Rogers said.
“The West Covina Police Department wants the public to know that we have no evidence that leads us to believe there is anyone driving around the schools attempting to lure students into vehicles,” Rogers said.