UPDATE: Suspect in custody following attempted child abduction
The Borger Police Department has a suspect in custody after an attempted abduction on Wednesday afternoon.The BPD announced the news late Wednesday evening, and more information will be available in tomorrow’s edition of the BNH. The information will be posted on the BNH web site as soon as details are available.On Wednesday, Aug. 8, at around 1:10 p.m., Borger police officers responded to the Wal-Mart Department Store on West Wilson Street in Borger in reference to the attempted abduction, according to Lt. Anthony Griffin of the BPD.At the time the incident occurred, a plainclothed Borger police officer was on the premises on the opposite side of the store. The officer was promptly made aware of the incident and immediately broadcast the incident and suspect information to Central Dispatch and other responding officers.The officer immediately started searching the area for the suspect, as did other responding officers upon arriving at the store. However, officers could not locate the suspect, Lt. Griffin said.Upon further investigation, it was discovered that a local couple was in the store with their children. One of the children, an 11-year-old female, was alone in one of the toy department aisles. As the suspect started to lift the child, the child began to scream. When she started screaming, he released her and quickly traveled to the front of the store where he exited.Borger police officers reviewed surveillance footage at both Wal-Mart and United Supermarket, both of which are located in the same shopping area. They were able to retrieve several photographs of the suspect and his vehicle.Officers also retrieved video from the surveillance cameras. The videos can be viewed by going to the BPD Facebook page and clicking on the link or the BPD’s web site at www.ci.borger.tx.us. This address will pull up the City of Borger web site. Click on Borger Police Department and then press releases for the video link.