Police: Not an abductor, grandpa mistook girl for granddaughter - FOX 35 News Orlando

Police: Not an abductor, granddad with eye & memory issues mistook girl for granddaughter

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An attempted abduction in Oviedo turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, that's according to the Oviedo Police Department.  Apparently, thought the 7-year-old child was his granddaughter.

The original information from the police department said that they were investigating a possible attempted abduction of a 7-year-old girl. Detectives said at approximately 3:00 p.m. the girl and her older brother told police they were riding their bikes home from Lawton Elementary School when a man stopped them and asked the girl if she would put her bike in the trunk of his car as he placed his hand on the girl's handlebars.

They said he was parked in the vacant lot on the NW corner of N. Lake Jessup Avenue and King St. with his trunk open. The two kids rode away quickly to their home and told an adult what happened.  

Police searched that area, but they didn't find anything.  However, Saturday morning, a man called Oviedo Police and told officers he believed his father was the man police were looking for.

He said his father was actually there to pick up his daughter, the elderly man's granddaughter, however, he said his father has been having issues with his memory and eyesight.

The man agreed to bring his father to the Police Department to explain what happened.  At approximately 12:00 p.m., the man, his father and other family members met with detectives at the Oviedo Police Department. 

That's when they explained that the man, who doesn't usually pick up his granddaughter went to the location and saw a little girl, whom he believed was his granddaughter, and got out of the car and asked her to help put her bike in the trunk of the car, just like her and the grandmother do every day.

When the little girl rode off he got into the car to follow her but, did not see her and immediately turned around and headed home to catch her at home.  The elderly man's neighbor, who was also there to pick up his daughter, witnessed the elderly man drive off so, he gave the man's granddaughter a ride home.

Detectives told the father of the 7-year-old girl what happened and that's when the man confirmed that his daughter did tell him the elderly man actually called her by another name at the time of the incident which, was the name of his granddaughter whom again, he was there to pick up.

At this time, detectives have no reason to suspect the elderly man had any intention to abduct or harm the 7-year-old whom he made contact with on Friday and believe it was a case of mistaken identity.

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