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Suspect Identified In Wilkes-Barre Attempted Abduction

November 20, 2018

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 e-mail 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.”

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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