Attempted abduction sparks a neighborhood to take action - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Attempted abduction sparks a neighborhood to take action

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It is the perfect example of taking a bad situation and using it for good. Last week, 7 News reported on two boys that escaped being abducted, and now they are getting the community involved. 

The Lake Charles Police Department is honoring nine year old William and nine year old Jake for their bravery, after they did the right thing by running away when an unknown man demanded that they get in his car. Now, their story has sparked a community effort.

"This is pretty serious and they need to know about this," said William.

After 7 News aired the story of the attempted abduction, Chris Duhon decided he wanted to get help from others to make sure their safe neighborhood stays safe.

"It fueled me to pick up the phone, where I probably would not have before, and make some phone calls. I wanted to get all of these people out here to make sure they know that they need to watch out for their neighbor," said Chris Duhon. 

Duhon said he expected twenty to thirty people to show up on such short notice, but in the end over 125 people decided to show their support.

"I think that this neighborhood showed a very clear message, that they are a neighborhood of solidarity. They are interested in coming together before another problem strikes. It sends a very clear message to the criminal element, that these people are not to be fooled with," said Sergeant Mark Kraus with the Lake Charles Police Department. 

The man that tried to get the two boys to get in his car has not been located.  
If you have any information you can call the Lake Charles Police Department at 491-1311

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