A man in New Hampshire is charged with attempting kidnapping after he “approached a 13-year-old girl and offered her parents cash to ‘buy’ their daughter” and tried to drag the girl away, Boston police say.
Police say they responded to a call for an attempted kidnapping at 4:41 p.m. on North and Congress Street near Faneuil Hall.
According to the police report, Alfred Patterson, 20, of Raymond, New Hampshire, approached the family and pulled out a “significant bundle of money,” offering to buy the teen and said, “I’m rich. How much to take her out?”
Prosecutors said Patterson was carrying almost $11,000 in cash.
Patterson allegedly grabbed the girl by her arm and tried to drag her away but the child’s father was able to intervene and the suspect took off on foot. He was found by police a short time later and arrested near 260 Washington Street.
The suspect told police he had asked the victim for her Instagram account and once the girl’s mother said she would need to talk to her first, he responded, “I’m rich, though.”
Patterson’s attorney, Patrick Colvario said that his client has cognitive issues and he is sure that his client had no idea the girl was so young.
Colvario also said that the surveillance video from Faneuil Hall will show that his client is innocent.
“We expect that this video will in part exculpate my client on the issue of if there was any type of assault and battery,” Colvario said.
“I don’t think it is a strong case,” said one prosecutor.
Joshua Rodriguz, a performer at Faneuil Hall, witnessed the aftermath of the arrest and said the suspect had just assaulted another street performer an hour earlier before the incident involving the teenager, according to NBC 10 Boston.
“He was harassing her,” Rodriguez said. “She had to literally stop performing and walk away and there was a large crowd. An hour later there were cruisers picking him up.”
NBC 10 Boston tried reaching out to the female street performer who had allegedly been assaulted by Patterson, and although she did not want to be identified she did tell the news agency that she is in police to assist in the investigation.
Along with the attempted kidnapping charge, Patterson faces one count of enticement of a child under 16. He was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Monday and was released after posting $7,500 bail.
Patterson spoke with WCVB 5 after being bailed out on Monday where he made the following statement about the incident: “It’s all exaggerated and blown out of proportion. It’s all lies. I never even grabbed her arm and there’s footage of it.”
Patterson is due back in court on September 26th.
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