A 13-year-old girl was approached near Dinuba High School on Sunday by a would-be kidnapper, but the report from a 12-year-old boy who claimed he was nearly snatched by a man with a gun about 45 minutes later was false, police said.
Dinuba police Lt. Abel Iriarte said the boy recanted his original statement, which was discredited by witness statements and visual evidence.
The attempt to kidnap the girl was deemed legitimate, Iriarte said. The suspect in that incident was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s with a dark complexion and a medium build. His vehicle was a green 1990s model SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Dinuba Police Department at (559) 591-5911 or (559) 591-TIP1 to remain anonymous.