Alleged Child Abduction Prevented in Virginia

If this story proves to be accurate after police conclude their investigation, neighbors catching and restraining a child abductor in the act is an amazing tale:

...A 47-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly tried to abduct a 3-year-old boy in Newport News, Va., reported.

According to police, Wesley Stuart Brown approached the child as he was playing outside, put him in a wagon and rolled him away, all in front of the toddler's grandmother, Angie Craig. She began to scream and neighbors quickly came to the rescue. They surrounded Brown and two of them took the boy and put him in their car until police arrived...
I believe that some academicians and their efforts to downplay child abductions by strangers (by contributing pages and pages of work to academic journals discussing how stranger abductions are media hyped and are a rarity when compared to family member abductions) are doing a disservice to the public--whereas studies should be focused on developing useful information for criminal justice practioners trying to arrest these types of offenders.


angelcel said...

Chilling. The fact that he didn't want to give up the child when challenged does rather indicate that something fishy was going on.

Experts can say as often as they like that our perceptions are wrong. I'll say again, I never wanted my child to be one of the 'rare cases'.

J. J. in Phila said...

I disagree a bit. I've known more than a few cases, personally, where a child was taken by a noncustodial parent, relative, friend or acquaintance. I can't think of one case of stranger abduction that I know of personally.

It isn't a academic evaluation of statistics, just one based on experience of living in a big city.

It is a question of frequency. Stranger abduction is less common, though it shouldn't be ignored. It scares us more.