Attempted abduction: Security firm defends actions
The community has been aghast at an alleged attempted abduction of a two-year-old girl November 24 at Charlottesville Fashion Square that was not reported to police until six hours later by the child's family. On November 28, four days after the incident, AlliedBarton, the security firm that escorted the alleged abductor from the mall, broke its silence to say the family initially was okay with its handling of the situation.
"AlliedBarton security officers patrolling the mall responded to an incident surrounding a family having an exchange with another patron, and escorted the patron from the property," reads the statement. "Our security officers then followed up with the family and they were satisfied with our response and the action taken."
The company says it is reviewing what occurred and the conduct of its officers "to ensure that our team is following proper procedures."
According to police, a light-skinned, 6'3" black male weighing between 220 and 235 pounds and wearing glasses came up behind the toddler and grabbed her. When the father intervened, the child was released unharmed.