An student at Monterey Heights Elementary in Lemon Grove apparently fabricated a story that sent sheriff's deputies and a law-enforcement helicopter on a fruitless chase for a would-be child abductor on Tuesday afternoon (November 12).
According to Sgt. James Blanton, the youth told school officials a man had grabbed him and attempted to drag him down the street shortly after classes had ended for the day. The boy said the incident occurred about a hundred yards from the school and that he was able to break free and run back to the school.
Deputies quickly arrived to get a description of the suspect and immediately launched a search of the neighborhood surrounding the school. Detectives from the Lemon Grove station were later dispatched to get a complete account of the incident, at which point the boy recanted and told officers he'd made up the entire story.