Police: Report of attempted abduction ‘unfounded’ 


The Westfield Police Dept. has determined that a report of a possible attempted abduction of a boy off his bike in early December was “unfounded” after authorities investigated the matter. 

Police said Dec. 7 that they were investigating a possible attempted abduction after a boy reported he was riding his bike near the 700 block of Burgess Hill Pass when an unknown male approached and grabbed his arm. Authorities, who had initially provided a description of the alleged individual and vehicle he was believed to have been driving, sought video footage from residents in the Maple Knoll addition. 

However, police said Dec. 14 that it had obtained several videos from the neighborhood and had not been able to locate any footage that showed the suspect and/or vehicle in question, according to its Facebook page. Two days later, authorities provided another update regarding the alleged incident. 

“After an extensive and thorough investigation, it was determined that this event was unfounded. There is no threat to the community. The Westfield Police Department thank the community for their vigilance and tips.” 

Authorities confirmed that there have been no other reports of attempted abductions in Westfield other than the one that was reported.