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Details emerge in Houlton abduction attempt

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — Although Houlton police have yet to identify a suspect, additional interviews with witnesses have produced a more detailed description of what the man was wearing when he approached a 12-year-old boy at an after-school facility last Wednesday and allegedly tried to lure him into his vehicle.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Tuesday that the investigation to determine the identity of that man continues. He added that police have conducted additional interviews with people who were at the Gentle Memorial Building at the time of the incident and have garnered more details about the man’s appearance.

The 12-year-old was at the popular after-school hangout on Oct. 13 when the man reportedly approached him and told the boy that his father had sent him to pick him up. The boy didn’t recognize the man, so he walked away and refused to go with him. Several people witnessed the encounter, according to police.

The man is described as a white male approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with an average to stocky build. He had a day’s growth of facial hair, according to witnesses, and was wearing a dark-colored S.W. Collins baseball cap over thinning hair.

He was wearing a black jacket, gray sweatshirt, bluejeans and work boots.

Police are asking parents to contact them if their child was at the Gentle Memorial Building between 3 and 5 p.m. last Wednesday.

Police also are looking for a black midsize vehicle with tinted glass that may or may not have been involved. The vehicle was parked in the facility’s parking lot during that two-hour period.

According to the officer who viewed it, a surveillance video showed a lone male wearing what appeared to be a gray hooded sweatshirt and a dark-colored jacket sitting in this vehicle smoking a cigarette.

Police were continuing to interview witnesses Tuesday, according to Asselin.

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