Parent claims that strangers tried to lure son into vehicle; SPF says the boy lied to his parents


The Singapore Police Force has contradicted a parent’s claim that strangers tried to lure their son into a van as he was walking back home from Westwood Primary School in Jurong West.

A screenshot of the parent’s police report is circulating online and shows that the incident allegedly occurred yesterday, 23 Jan. The 10-year-old boy apparently claimed that he reached home later than usual yesterday because he was allegedly harassed by a stranger who tried to persuade him to enter his vehicle.

The boy claimed that he was walking back home from school around 1.20pm when he linked up with his friend Hazif from the nearby West Grove Primary School. The boys were allegedly walking towards the junction of Jurong West Street 72 and Jurong West Ave 4 when the boy noticed a grey van driving slowly alongside him and his friend.

The parent reported:

“The van came to a halt and the passenger who was a Indian man with mustache winded down the vehicle window and told my son to get in the van lying to him that they are there to fetch my son as instructed by me.”

The boys apparently grew afraid and ran home. The parent reported that her son said that the van was driven by a Chinese man in his 50s and that the boy did not take a look at the van’s license plate in his haste to get away.

The parent concluded the report by adding that they do not have any suspect in mind nor do they have a dispute with anyone.

And Someone told us not to spread rumours, when many ppl have started to experience this…

Posted by Mohamed Ali on Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The Singapore Police Force revealed in their Facebook page this evening that there was no attempted kidnapping attempt of the 10-year-old along Jurong West Street 72 and added that thorough investigations verified that the report is untrue and that the boy had apparently lied to his parents.

The SPF further cautioned the members of the public against spreading unsubstantiated claims which may cause unnecessary alarm: “The police treat such reports seriously. At the same time, we urge members of the public not to speculate or spread unsubstantiated information which may generate unnecessary public alarm.”


Posted by Singapore Police Force on Wednesday, 24 January 2018

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