Tempe police say an 11-year-old girl who reported an attempted abduction Wednesday morning admitted later she made up the story.
“There was no attempted abduction and no crime was established,” Sergeant Steve Carbajal said. “The Tempe Police Department takes these reports very seriously and investigates them accordingly.”
The Tempe Elementary School District did not send letters home to families because of the new information from police, spokeswoman Monica Allread said.
The girl originally told police she fought off a man about 7 a.m. Wednesday who attempted to grab her in the area near Lakeshore and Baseline roads as she rode her bike to Fees Middle School.