Send Photos of Friends–Or Perhaps Catch A Kidnapper

August 1, 2003
By KOMO Staff & News Services (Link:

CLIFTON, N.J. – A 15-year-old boy foiled an apparent abduction attempt
when he pulled out his cell phone camera and snapped photos of a man
trying to lure him into a car, police said.

The teen also photographed the vehicle’s license plate and gave the
evidence to police, who arrested a suspect the next day.

“It’s surprising the kid had the presence of mind to use the technology
under duress,” Detective Capt. Robert Rowan told The Record of Bergen
County in Friday’s editions.

The teen, whose name was not released by police, was walking home at
about 7 p.m. Tuesday when a man, later identified by police as William
MacDonald, pulled up beside him, Rowan said. He offered to drive the boy
to another town to look for girls, and then began “engaging in a sexually
explicit conversation,” Rowan said.

A struggle followed, but the boy was able to break free and run away.
MacDonald was charged with attempting to lure a juvenile into a car,
criminal restraint and simple assault.

If convicted, he could face up to five years in state prison. He is being
held on $25,000 bail. A spokeswoman for Sprint, whose phone the boy used,
said she had never heard of someone using the new technology to catch a

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