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No charges in 'attempted kidnapping' case; language barrier leads to misunderstanding

August 1, 2014

The Benton Police Department will not be filing charges in connection with a reported kidnapping attempt.

"After extensively interviewing the victim, a possible suspect and witnesses, it was determined that no charges were warranted in the case," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

On Monday a 16-year-old girl reported that she was walking near the intersection of South and Main streets when an Hispanic man approached her and attempted to get her into his vehicle. She also noted that he was speaking Spanish and she did not understand what he was saying, Russell said.

The man was only offering the girl a ride, but there was a miscommunication between them because of a language barrier, he said.

"Additionally, no force, or the threat of force or intimidation was found to have been used during this incident," Russell said. "Although this case appears to have been non-criminal in nature, it still serves as a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings and to speak with your children about dealing with strangers."

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