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Attempted Abduction Outside El Cajon Wal-Mart Unfounded: Police

It's believed the individual may have simply tapped the child on the head, police said

Allegations of an attempted abduction in the parking lot of an East County Wal-Mart are unfounded, El Cajon police said.

A mother told NBC 7 she was "traumatized" after a man attempted to abduct her 3-year-old outside Wal-Mart located on Fletcher Parkway.

The mother, who didn’t want to be identified, said a smiling man walked past her, then came from behind and tried to snatch her daughter who was holding her hand.

The incident happened on Tuesday, April 11, between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. she said.

“I said 'Hey! Did you just try to grab my daughter,'" the mother recalled in an interview last month.

The woman was walking with her daughters in the west parking lot when the reported attempted abduction happened. She went back into the mall for safety.

The mom said she went back to her car later and found a cup filled with urine and a note.

Video captured by surveillance cameras doesn’t show an attempted abduction occurred, according to Lt. Walt Miller.

Despite their best efforts, detectives haven't been unable to locate the sole witness to the alleged incident, he said.

It's believed the individual may have simply tapped the child on the head, Miller said.

Due to the lack of evidence, police cannot ascertain whether the individual is a public safety risk or if the incident presents a threat to public safety.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or may have seen the suspect described above is asked to contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311.

As NBC 7’s Omari Fleming reports, El Cajon police are investigating the report of an incident between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart located at 605 Fletcher Parkway.
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