Two Tucker Creek Middle School students are in trouble with the law after police say they faked an attempted abduction Monday to cover up a plan to skip school.
The two students, both girls ages 13 and 14, told police that they were approached by a male subject while waiting for the school bus at 6:45 a.m. at the corner of Lee Drive and Coyote Trail, according to a release from the Havelock Police Department.
Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said that six officers and investigators responded and began an investigation. He said the case also involved a brief search of a wooded area nearby.
According to the release, investigators discovered inconsistencies in the accounts of the alleged abduction by the two girls, and through later interviews with friends of the alleged victim and an adult witness, determined that the story wasn’t true.
Cyrus said that a group of teens had made plans to skip school, but when one member decided to back out, the two girls hatched the fake abduction scheme.
Juvenile petitions for filing a false police report will be filed against the two girls and police are working with Juvenile Services on the incident, according to the release. The names of the two girls were not released because of their ages.
Cyrus said police wrapped up the investigation in less than 3 1/2 hours.