RPD: Mother lied about daughter being kidnapped at donut store

Richmond police activity report from Dec. 4-10
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The man accused of kidnapping a child from a Richmond donut store will not be charged after a police investigation revealed the child’s mother lied about the incident, police said.

The mom had called police before 2 p.m. Tuesday saying the man had grabbed her 10-year-old daughter inside the donut shop in the 900 block of 23rd Street and pulled her out of the store. The mom told police she was able to rescue her daughter after a brief struggle.

Shortly after the incident, a local transient was arrested without incident in the 2200 block of Alfreda Blvd in connection with the alleged kidnapping. A subsequent investigation uncovered that the mother provided false information and that her child was not forcibly taken from one point to another, according to Richmond police Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy.

The mother “needs to do better at keeping an eye on her children,” Pomeroy said. Police don’t know why the mother lied about the kidnapping.

Police forwarded the case against the mother to the District Attorney’s Office, which declined to file charges, according to Pomeroy. Police are not releasing the mother’s identity.