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

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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.

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“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.