Apr 1, 2013 2:23 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI - Police spent all morning searching for two men in an attempted abduction case reported near Fannin Elementary, but it turns out detectives now believe the two sisters involved made the entire thing up. The girls' mother is standing behind her daughters' claims.
The sisters say their morning walk to school turned terrifying as they walked along Spring Street. The girls say a white van pulled up and a man wearing a ski mask got out.
According to police, the girls say that man grabbed the 12-year-old sister, but the 10-year-old sister kicked him. A neighborhood dog then came up and scared him away.
The sisters called their mother who told them to hide in nearby Cuiper Park as she called police. An officer found the girls hiding behind a tree.
Officers then printed out a list of nearby registered sex offenders and went door to door checking on them.
But, police say after reviewing a neighbor's surveillance video they saw no white van, which makes them think the girls made the whole thing up.
Something their mother, who did not was to be identifeid, says they wouldn't do.
'I'm going with what my kids say, because they're my kids. I know my kids I know when there's something wrong with them because I've been through a lot with them, so I know that they're not lying."
Before detectives determined the story might be fake, Fannin Elemenatry Principal Debbie Scates wrote a letter to send home to parents.
"We will address it and make sure that students understand how to be careful and what to do if they see someone approaching them and how to get away," said Principal Scates.
Now, she says the tone of that letter will change. It's never a bad idea to discuss stranger danger, but she doesn't want to send out a false alarm.
The girls' mother says even though it is April Fools Day her kids would not pull such a prank and she's worried there's a predator on the loose.
"I couldn't even understand her because she was real hysterical, you know, she couldn't even talk, so I came and called 911 right away."
Police still have a detective assigned to the case.