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Two teens charged in attempted abduction of 10-year-old

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two teenagers are in jail accused of trying to kidnap a 10-year-old walking home from Pine Valley Elementary School earlier this week. Suspects 18-year-old Mark Christopher Sewell and 16-year-old Jacquelyn Crystal Martin each face charges of Attempted Felonious Restraint and Misdemeanor Stalking.

WWAY has learned that the suspects followed the 10-year-old in their car asking, “”What’s your name? What’s your address?” and “Hey kid, you want some candy?”

The victim ran into the woods and hid until he felt safe enough to run home. The victim’s father decided to drive through the neighborhood and located the vehicle described by his child. Sheriff’s Deputies met with the victim’s father; after multiple interviews, detectives secured warrants and arrested the two suspects in the attempted abduction.

Sewell and Martin were released on $10,000 secured bond. The investigation continues.

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