Misunderstanding leads to scare about abduction attempt - WKRN News 2

Misunderstanding leads to scare about abduction attempt

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

The man that approached two girls on their way to school Wednesday immediately went to Franklin police once he heard they were looking for him.

Police were on the lookout for the man after two nine-year-old girls told their parents he had offered them a ride at the intersection of Lexington Parkway and Essex Park Circle in the Fieldstone Farms subdivision.

The claims made residents in the community feel wary.

"Certainly a bit shocked by it; we're a quiet neighborhood," Tony King told News 2.

Fortunately for King and his neighbors, they can now rest easy.

The man in question flagged officers down Friday morning after they flooded the area for extra surveillance as children walked to school.

He told police he had just dropped his own children off at school Wednesday when he saw the two girls.  He said they appeared lost, so he stopped to check on them.

Police, who have been keeping residents updated via their Twitter account, said he was looked at and has a clear history without any problems or a criminal past.

"Detectives are convinced that his intentions were good, and that the man was actually looking out for the girls," said Sgt. Charles Warner with the Franklin police.

The man is a resident of the Fieldstone community.

Authorities support the girls who notified their parents, and say it's always a good idea to speak with your children about strangers.

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