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9-year-old reports kidnap attempt

2010-05-13T00:03:00Z 9-year-old reports kidnap attemptBy ANGELA BRANDT Independent Record Helena Independent Record

Authorities are investigating a report of two men attempting to lure a 9-year-old boy into a pickup truck by gunpoint Wednesday morning in Lincoln.

The boy told investigators he was riding his bike along Montana Highway 200 at about 8 a.m. when two men in an older brown Chevy S-10 pickup with a white topper pulled up, and the passenger exited the vehicle and told him to get in the truck.

According to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, the boy told deputies he said “no,” and the passenger pointed a handgun at the child.

The boy rode away from the men and continued on to school, where he told officials about what had happened.

The truck had Montana or Idaho plates. The right rear taillight on the truck was broken, but the light still worked. The white topper on the truck was missing the tailgate door.

The truck was last seen headed eastbound on Montana Highway 200.

The driver had dark hair and was wearing a knit wool cap and sunglasses. The passenger, who had a goatee, was wearing an “I Love Idaho” baseball cap, a vest, black pants and tennis shoes.

Dutton said Wednesday evening that investigators were developing leads.

The boy was shaken up and was taken home by his mother, Dutton said.

Lincoln Public School Principal Laurie Maughan said all of the teachers at the school were informed about the incident and were put on extra alert.

Dutton said a deputy patrolled the area surrounding the school in the afternoon.

Law enforcement agencies in surrounding areas have been informed about the incident, and a statewide notification has been sent out, he added.

Schools in the county were alerted as well. A deputy patrolled around Augusta school. East Helena schools sent out e-mail and text alerts to parents informing them about the situation, and teachers spoke with students about being cautious around strangers.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 447-8293. Anyone who sees the truck should call 911.

Reporter Angela Brandt: 447-4078 or


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(8) Comments

  1. 4Lincoln
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    4Lincoln - May 13, 2010 11:20 pm
    There is a lot of child molesters living in Lincoln. I hope that Sheriff Dutton adds extra patrols in Lincoln to help with the problems. There has been a need for extra deputies for a long time. The deputies that are assigned to help deputy weisner either quit or are re-assigned. Deputy weisner can not do all of the work that is needed by him self. Sheriff Dutton please help are town.
  2. Southy
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    Southy - May 13, 2010 1:48 pm
    Onarant - Yes, the first part of the story says the passenger exited the truck.
  3. The Big L
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    The Big L - May 13, 2010 1:36 pm
    The article may have been updated, but yes, it says that the passenger got out of the truck.
  4. MTWildOne
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    MTWildOne - May 13, 2010 1:18 pm
    onarant - if you had read the story, it does say that the passenger got out of the truck!
  5. lwester
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    lwester - May 13, 2010 12:59 pm
    onarant - read the story again, end of the second paragraph ...
    "...and the passenger exited the vehicle and told him to get in the truck."
  6. BigHelenaSky
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    BigHelenaSky - May 13, 2010 10:59 am
    Since the incident happened in Lincoln the Police won't be handeling the incident it will be handled by Lewis and Clark County Sheriff so thier is a good chance these idiots will be caught, and since the Police arn't involved mabey the Nanny won't have to take one for the team. But onrant you just might be onto something there. Leo will get these perverts.
  7. Whaaat
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    Whaaat - May 13, 2010 9:11 am
    I only hope the police find these two idiots and they get a punishment harder than just a hand slap so they can be sent out on the streets and try this attempt again. There are a lot of eyes out for these two and they better just hope they get caught by the police as opposed to a citizen. We have kids too and jack asses like these two deserve all that's coming to them.
  8. onarant
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    onarant - May 13, 2010 1:32 am
    So, did the passenger get out of the truck? Just wondering how the boy knew what pants and shoes he was wearing. Not that I am doubting his story, just curious.

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