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Strange Plot to Abduct 17-year-old Foiled

Strange Plot to Abduct 17-year-old Foiled

Posted - Nov. 12, 2003 at 10:15 p.m.



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Karen Scullin reportingCAPT. BOB LAVIN, GRANITE DISTRICT POLICE DEPARTMENT: "THIS IS ONE OF THE MORE BIZARRE THINGS THAT I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN ALL THE TIME I'VE BEEN HERE"

A strange and elaborate plot, to kidnap a 17- year old girl is foiled.

Authorities say several teenagers, along with a 20- year old, were involved in the plot.

One of them, is the intended victim's former -boyfriend.

The seventeen year old victim was on her way to Kearns High School this morning ---but as she started walking toward the front doors ----she knew someone was following her. Just seconds later --- the suspects got out of a car to carry out a terrifying kidnapping plot.

Seven people are allegedly involved in the plot --- three men, a woman, and a juvenile remain in custody tonight. Police say they were actually PAID to help carry out a plot to kidnap a seventeen year old Kearns High School student.

Capt. Bob Lavin/Granite Police Dept.: "HE WANTED THIS GAL BAD ENOUGH THAT HE PAID A COUPLE OF THESE KIDS, HE ACTUALLY WENT AND TOOK OUT A SMALL LOAN AGAINST HIS CAR, AND PAID A COUPLE OF THESE KIDS TO ASSIST HIM, SO IT'S ONE OF THOSE BIZARRE STORIES THAT'S TRUE"

Strange Plot to Abduct 17-year-old Foiled

Lavinn says the plan was put into action... very early this morning.

Capt. Bob Lavin/Granite District Police: "THEY ACTUALLY SET UP SURVEILLANCE ON HER HOME, THEY WENT TO A STORE AND BOUGHT A B.B. GUN, ANOTHER ONE PROVIDED THE KNIFE"

As the victim walked toward school---she saw her ex-boyfriend following ---he yelled that he had a gun and to get in the car. Then suddenly ---he jumped out and started chasing her.

Capt. Lavin: "CAME UP TO HER WITH A KNIFE, AND PUT HIS ARM AROUND HER NECK AND PUT THE KNIFE TO HER NECK AND STARTED DRAGGING HER TOWARDS THE CAR. SHE WAS KICKING AND SCREAMING"

A woman and the assistant principal started yelling---and the suspects let her go.

Police arrived a short time later.

Capt. Lavin: "IT WAS VERY APPARENT THAT SHE WAS VERY SHAKEN, AND HAD SOME BIG RED MARKS ON HER NECK."

The ex-boyfriend was arrested just outside his home---again four adults and a juvenile remain in custody tonight---two were released. As for a motive? --police say---infatuation. They also say the victim is a courageous and lucky young woman.

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