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Nampa police: No attempted child abduction Tuesday, just a delivery van

Video of suspect van in attempted child abduction

Nampa police are looking for the public's help in finding a man and van involved in a possible attempted child abduction at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Here is video footage from a camera on the home where the incident occurred.
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Nampa police are looking for the public's help in finding a man and van involved in a possible attempted child abduction at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Here is video footage from a camera on the home where the incident occurred.

The Nampa Police Department confirmed Wednesday evening that a white van believed to be linked to a possible abduction actually belonged to a delivery service and that there is no evidence an attempted abduction took place. Police said here is no threat to the community.

Jerecho Zahara posted video on his Facebook page of what was believed to be an attempted abduction at about 7 p.m. Tuesday on South Skyview Drive, off of Dooley Lane. He warned others in his neighborhood about possible danger, and the post spread quickly on social media.

Nampa police posted information about the incident on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, and then followed up with an investigation and a news release.

Police said the van drove slowly by a residence on South Skyview Drive where two preteen girls were playing in the front yard. The van stopped in front of the house and the girls ran into the garage, and the driver then darted partway up the driveway – one of the delivery service’s features is that its drivers hustle – before returning to the van and driving away.

Sgt. Tim Riha told the Idaho Statesman that police verified with the delivery service, the van’s driver and a neighbor that the vehicle in question was delivering packages and was not involved with any malicious activity.

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