UPDATE: Rogers Police Say No Attempted Child Abduction


UPDATE: According to Rogers Public Information Officer Keith Foster, there was no attempted abduction.

According to Foster, the family knew the person who saw her walking in the cold with no coat and offered her a ride.

Original Story

A teen walking to school was approached by a man in a truck who offered her a ride, according to a Rogers police report.  

The ‘ride’ offer didn’t stop there. 

When the 13-year-old declined, he yelled at her to get into the truck and then followed her, according to what the teen told her mom, Crystal Mezlini.

This happened during rush hour traffic shortly after 8 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, one block south of Hudson on Dixieland in Rogers, according to the police report.

Usually the teen takes the bus to school, but missed it Tuesday morning and decided to walk to school. 

When the man approached her and wouldn’t take no for an answer, she dropped everything and ran to the nearest business, where police were called, according to the mom.

The suspect is described as a white male driving a dark blueish-grey truck.

“Words can’t explain the emotions I am going through right now, said Mezlini, “We discussed that this is the exact reason I always tell her, ‘no,’ when she wants to walk places alone. I think she gets it now.”

In addition to filing a police report, Mezlini is asking local businesses to pull surveillance videos.

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