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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two Wilmington teenagers are in some big trouble after investigators say they tried to abduct a child heading home from school.

The walk home from school quickly turned into a nightmare for one boy that the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says had to hide in the woods until he felt it was safe enough to go home.

“I don’t allow her to walk home by herself, because I’m afraid she’s going to one get kidnapped, or two she’s gonna get picked on,” said Amber Bishop, who’s daughter goes to Pine Valley Elementary, the same school where the alleged 10-year-old victim goes.

Deputies arrested Mark Sewell, 18, and Jaquelyn Martin, 16, for trying to abduct him after the boy told his dad they asked him where he lived, what his name was, and if he wanted candy.

Parents we spoke with say regardless of their age, the teenagers were up to no good.

“In my book, bullying and everything else like that is zero tolerance,” Bishop said.

“I’m not only a parent, but I’m also an employee, and I know all my kids that go here,” Latricia Starks said. “I just have a big problem with the kids not feeling safe about walking to or from school.”

Other parents say they don’t let their kids walk home because you never know what could happen.

“There’s so much that goes on in the community nowadays, and I would prefer them walking in a group opposed to walking by themselves,” Starks said.

Parents say they had not heard about the incident yet from the school.

Sewell’s mother called our newsroom today and said disclosing the information about her son and the incident was unnecessary. When we asked if the family would like to share their side of the story, she said they would do it in court.

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69 Comments on "Two teens charged in attempted abduction of 10-year-old"

2015 years 9 months ago

I hope the parents are investigated for any prior incidents of abuse. These two are NOT children at 16 and 18. This is a learned behavior and thankfully the child that escaped did the right thing. If it was a prank, it was a seriously stupid one.

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2015 years 9 months ago

I have known Mark’s mother and father for over 10 years. This comment is a joke. I find it awfully funny how you can assume that because two teenagers are stuck between a media trying to convict and a DA up for election, that their parents are horrible. Have we forgotten the Durham DA for taking things way to far, he is in jail. I think New Hanover County once again has shown how to blow something completely out of proportion and hope their pockets are deep. They have been sued and lost for numerous lacks of judgement and this will be no different. Have we forgotten the Strickland kid that was blown away for a possible stolen Playstation and they lost that one. I hope Mark’s name is cleared and his future unscathed.

Our World Today
2015 years 9 months ago

Would you be saying the same words if this was your child who was confronted………… BET NOT!!!

Outsider Looking in
2015 years 9 months ago

Fact 1. The news always blows things out of proportion to get people to watch or read the “breaking stories”.
Fact 2. There’s always 2 sides to every story.
Fact 3. If this were my child, I would be VERY concerned, upset, and want justice. I don’t blame the childs parents one bit. There is no excuse for this, even if it was just a harmless prank. I feel for these parents and would be upset too.
Fact 3. I really don’t believe that these 2 kids really meant any harm,(thank God) but this was a VERY serious mistake and they need to know and learn by this, unfortunatly. We learn by our mistakes. It was VERY WRONG and if guilty, they do need to learn that in this day and age, this is NOT exceptable. I feel for these parents also.
In this case, I would thank God it was not a true abduction, or bulling, like you see so often now in this terrible world that we live in. (what ever happened to the days we would go play until dark with the neighborhood kids? Our parents never heard nor worried about such things???
They need to learn a lesson,and learn from their unthinking mistakes, but not as severe if it was a true motive orientated abduction.
It’s very sad, and unfortunate, but thank God, the little one is OK!

2015 years 9 months ago

I am actually friends with Mark and it is completely out if character for him to do something of thia severity. He is an intelligent teenager and this was obviously not his best moment. Who knows the truth aside from the teenagers and the elementary boy? If you weren’t there you need to watch what you say. Everybody makes mistakes.


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