A Faneuil Hall kidnapping suspect was taken into custody on Sunday after approaching a 13-year-old girl and her parents, offering to buy her.
According to police, twenty-year-old Alfred Patterson of Raymond, New Hampshire approached the young teen and her parents outside of Faneuil Hall near North and Congress streets around 4 p.m.
Patterson took a large amount of cash out of a bag and told the parents, "I'm rich. How much to take her out?"
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Faneuil Hall kidnapping suspect Alfred Patterson attempted to flee
Police reported that suspect Alfred Patterson then attempted to drag the girl away, grabbing her arm. The father quickly stepped in, causing the suspect to flee the scene.
Boston authorities received a call at 4:41 p.m. for an attempted kidnapping. Shortly after reporting to the scene, officers found the man on foot near 260 Washington Street. Patterson was taken into custody after the 13-year-old girl and her parents identified the suspect. He was arrested without incident.
The Faneuil Hall kidnapping suspect was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Monday. Patterson is being charged with enticement of a child under 16 and attempted kidnapping of a child.
"A cousin who says he was with the suspect at the time told us Patterson was asking the girl for her Instagram name and did not touch her. The cousin told us the 13 year-old did not look 13," Boston 25's Robert Goulston said on Twitter.
A cousin who says he was with the suspect at the time told us Patterson was asking the girl for her Instagram name and did not touch her. The cousin told us the 13 year-old did not look 13. https://t.co/42XlGsyjV1— Robert Goulston (@rgoulston) September 10, 2018
During his arraignment, the 20-year-old New Hampshire man’s lawyer shared that Patterson lives with his parents and has cognitive issues and that he may not have been aware of how old the young girl was.