West Covina, California, police said the three reports of attempted kidnappings near several schools between Sept. 5 did not happen.
On Wednesday, officers responded to a report at 1:20 p.m. near Workman and Ellen avenues of a man asking a 10-year-old girl if she wanted a ride home from school. Another call was made at 3:06 p.m. regarding a passerby that saw a man in a car following a young girl near Lark Ellen Avenue and Workman Avenue.
Detectives conducted interviews, and determined that an attempted kidnapping did not occur, police said.
In the second call reported less than two hours later when a man in a sedan allegedly followed a young girl in the same area, police said they could not locate either the caller or the child involved and determined that the incident was not an attempted kidnapping.
On Thursday, a 12-year-old male student at Traweek Middle School reported a man driving a black 4-door Mercedes approached him and attempted to lure him into the car. While he was interacting with the driver, another man on a bicycle came from behind and tried to push him into the car, the student said, but he was able to get away and report the incident to school authorities.
West Covina police said during the interview with the student admitted making the whole thing up.