Suspect Identified In W-B Attempted Abduction
WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man Monday afternoon shortly after an attempted child abduction in South Wilkes-Barre.
A 13-year-old girl walking home from school said the man followed her in his sport utility vehicle and tried to talk to her. He later approached her from behind and grabbed a hold of her on Charles Street near Carey Avenue, police said.
The suspect, identified as Einstein Lima, 39, gave her a “bear hug” and attempted to pull her away, police said.
The girl was able to free herself, flee to a nearby residence and call 911, police said.
Responding officers later found Lima in his vehicle and took him into custody, police said.
Lima, who police said has addresses in Wilkes-Barre and Brooklyn, New York, was in a city police holding cell as of 6 p.m. awaiting video arraignment later Monday night by a judge.
Police charged Lima with false imprisonment, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wilkes-Barre Area Superintendent Brian Costello addressed the incident in an email to The Citizens’ Voice.
“It was reported to law enforcement authorities that an attempted abduction occurred in the area of Carey Avenue (near Wood Street) in South Wilkes-Barre to a student walking home from school today (approximately 3:00 p.m.),” Costello wrote. “Law enforcement responded and quickly arrested the suspect. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information can be given at this time.”
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