San Ramon police announced Wednesday that an abduction attempt reported earlier in the week never took place, with investigators determining a 13-year-old girl made up the original story.
On Tuesday, police reported the teen said she was walking in the area of Davona Drive and Northland Avenue on Monday afternoon when a strange man tried to pull her into his minivan but she successfully eluded the abduction attempt. The area is located between Country Club Elementary and Pine Valley Middle schools.
"During the preliminary investigation, the incident appeared to be a legitimate crime," Lt. Denton Carlson said in a news release Wednesday morning. "We put forth a heavy presence of officers in the area to protect our community and to attempt to identify the suspect."
Police also released a sketch of the accused culprit on Tuesday.
But follow-up investigation and additional interviews with the teen girl revealed discrepancies in her story, according to Carlson, who added, "Eventually, we learned that the juvenile fabricated an incident that never occurred."
The lieutenant said the department considers a reported crime against a child to be a top priority that requires full and thorough investigation.
"It's unfortunate that a scare in the community was raised by this fabricated incident," he added, while saying that the department was grateful for those who provided information to help with the investigation.