Vallejo girl admits to kidnapping hoax

Vallejo police said today that a colorful kidnapping story Friday involving a red car, a girl and a green dragon tattoo is false.

The 10-year-old girl told police Friday afternoon she was taken by an unknown man from Dan Mini Elementary School at 1530 Lorenzo Drive in Vallejo.

She said the man who grabbed her arm and pulled her into a newer red coupe was black, between 30 and 40 years old, wore black and green eyeglasses, and had a gold nose ring and a green tattoo of a dragon on his left arm.

She told police she escaped when the vehicle stopped at a house in north Vallejo or American Canyon and she made her way to a friend’s house.

The girl was located at the friend’s house, a few miles from the school, police said.

Lt. Kenny Park said in a statement this morning:

“The 10-year-old child indicated that she made up the entire story
after receiving a reprimand at school for misbehavior and did so out of fear
of facing potential discipline from her parents.”

Detectives were unable to substantiate any of the claims and
ultimately concluded the child fabricated the entire incident, Park said.