Vos Street & Walnut Avenue, Jenison. (March 15, 2013)
JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- An 11 year-old-boy is in a juvenile detention center, accused of trying to abduct his six-year-old neighbor. Wednesday afternoon, police say the 11-year-old was seen dragging the younger boy from outside his home, near Vos Street and Walnut Avenue, until the victim's stepmother came out to help.
"The suspect used a rouse to get the six-year-old from the yard and then physically removed him from the area," says Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.
The victim's stepmother told WZZM 13 the two children shared a class at Pinewood Elementary for students with behavioral problems. She was notified of the alleged abduction by a school bus driver who saw both of them struggling.
"When she found them, she had trouble getting the six-year-old away from him. She had to forcibly remove the young man, says" Lt. Bennett.
Investigators say they've responded to incidents with the 11-year-old boy in the past. Neighbors tell WZZM about other incidents, including one where he allegedly held a knife to another child.
"To get into the intent of the 11-year-old has been difficult-- certainly a concerning situation," says Lt. Bennett.
"Hopefully he gets the help he needs," says neighbor Megan Clancy.
The six-year-old boy was not injured in the incident and returned to school Friday. The 11-year-old suspect is expected to have a hearing sometime next week.